Managing organ transplantation, the ultimate public resource

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Public awareness campaigns have minimal impact on transplant waiting lists. Why? There is no substantial Australian-based research on the attitudes of stakeholders, or the public. An explanation is awareness groups may have a negative impact either by promoting public fatigue about organ donation or, for want of professionalism and training, lack the tact to convey a balanced message. The nascent Australian Organ and Tissue, Donation and Transplantation Authority is a welcome influence to the administration of transplantation, with a promise of an evidence-based approach to tackle a pragmatic appraisal of the problem and implementing practical methodologies to increase transplantation.

Keywords: kidney graft; organ transplantation

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: April 1, 2010

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