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Explaining brain death: a critical feature of the donation process.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9188394     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
To examine how a family's understanding of brain death may affect the decision to donate, an interview study was conducted with the immediate next of kin of 164 medically suitable organ donor candidates. Telephone interviews were conducted with members of both donor and nondonor families 4 to 6 months after the relative's death. Only 61% of the donor and 53% of the nondonor respondents said they had received an explanation of brain death. Few respondents reported that the hospital or organ procurement organization staff used visual aids to clarify or reinforce the information they were given. Next of kin who decided against donation had far less understanding of brain death than did those who decided in favor of it. Before making an organ donation request, healthcare providers must inquire about and address common misunderstandings people have about brain death. Healthcare teams should develop and be trained on a clear protocol for communicating with the families of patients who may be potential organ donors.
H G Franz; W DeJong; S M Wolfe; H Nathan; D Payne; W Reitsma; C Beasley
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of transplant coordination : official publication of the North American Transplant Coordinators Organization (NATCO)     Volume:  7     ISSN:  0905-9199     ISO Abbreviation:  J Transpl Coord     Publication Date:  1997 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-07-24     Completed Date:  1997-07-24     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9111439     Medline TA:  J Transpl Coord     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  14-21     Citation Subset:  N    
Partnership for Organ Donation, Boston, MA 02109, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Brain Death* / diagnosis
Child, Preschool
Educational Status
Family / psychology*
Health Education / methods*
Middle Aged
Tissue and Organ Procurement*

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