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doi: 10.1097/TP.0b013e31823a2411
Editorials and Perspectives: Forum

How to Increase Organ Donation: Does Opting Out Have a Role?

Rudge, Chris J.1,3; Buggins, Elisabeth2

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Every country needs to increase the number of deceased organ donors and the potential impact of a change to opting-out legislation remains unproven, despite the apparent association between opting out and higher donor rates. However, the Spanish model—so successful in Spain and many other countries—is not based on a requirement for opting out, and, in the UK, deceased organ donation has increased by 25% in 3 years through implementation of a series of recommendations that have transformed the infrastructure of donation. A major review of opting out concluded that it is not appropriate for the UK at this time.

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