Independent donor ethical assessment: Aiming to standardize donor advocacy

Devasmita Choudhury, Fabrice Jotterand, Gerald Casenave, Carolyn Smith-Morris

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Abstract

Living organ donation has become more common across the world. To ensure an informed consent process, given the complex issues involved with organ donation, independent donor advocacy is required. The choice of how donor advocacy is administered is left up to each transplant center. This article presents the experience and process of donor advocacy at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center administered by a multidisciplinary team consisting of physicians, surgeons, psychologists, medical ethicists and anthropologists, lawyers, a chaplain, a living kidney donor, and a kidney transplant recipient. To ensure that advocacy remains fair and consistent for all donors being considered, the donor advocacy team at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center developed the Independent Donor Ethical Assessment, a tool that may be useful to others in rendering donor advocacy. In addition, the tool may be modified as circumstances arise to improve donor advocacy and maintain uniformity in decision making.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)163-168
Number of pages6
JournalProgress in Transplantation
Volume24
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Transplantation

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Independent donor ethical assessment: Aiming to standardize donor advocacy'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this