Family overrule of registered refusal to donate organs

Shaw, David and Lewis, Penney and Jansen, Nichon and Samuel, Undine and Wind, Tineke and Georgieva, Denie and Haase, Bernadette and Ploeg, Rutger and Gardiner, Dale. (2019) Family overrule of registered refusal to donate organs. Journal of the Intensive Care Society. pp. 1-4.

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It is well known that families frequently overrule the wishes of dying patients who had previously expressed a wish to donate their organs. Various strategies have been suggested to reduce the frequency of these 'family overrules'. However, the possibility of families overruling a patient's registered decision not to donate has not been discussed in the medical literature, although it is legally possible in some countries. In this article, we provide an ethical analysis of family overrule of a relative's refusal to donate, using the different jurisdictions of the UK, Switzerland, Germany and the Netherlands to provide some context. Despite some asymmetries between overruling consent and overruling refusal, there are some cases in which donation should proceed despite a recorded refusal to do so.
Faculties and Departments:08 Cross-disciplinary Subjects > Ethik > Institut für Bio- und Medizinethik > Bio- und Medizinethik (Elger)
03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Public Health > Ethik in der Medizin > Bio- und Medizinethik (Elger)
UniBasel Contributors:Shaw, David
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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Last Modified:21 Jan 2020 16:40
Deposited On:21 Jan 2020 16:40

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