Juliet Walker: BMJ in the news

Juliet WalkerThe timing of organ donation requests and who is making the request may influence a family’s decision to donate a dying relative’s organs. This is the conclusion of a BMJ study. The study found that an organ donation request should not be made at the same time as relatives are told that their relative has died or when brain stem testing takes place. The US News and World Report writes that, “whilst the results may not be surprising, implementing them might increase organ donation rates”. The U.S. Department of Health and Human services writes on its website that, “hospitals and organ procurement groups must work together to increase the number of organs available for transplant”.

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Juliet Walker is the Editorial Intern, BMJ