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Implied Consent for Cadaveric Organ Donation

Implied Consent for Cadaveric Organ Donation Few issues in medicine have received more attention recently than the need for cadaveric organ donation. In the study by Overcast et al,1 published in this issue, the influence and effect of donor card programs on organ procurement was examined and found to be inconsequential. This negative conclusion is apt to dampen the enthusiasm of legislators in states where active consideration is being given to laws that would permit or even require a statement about potential organ donation on a driver's license. This would be unfortunate since the driver's license programs have had a full trial only in the state of Colorado. There, almost two thirds of all drivers are self-designated as donors compared with other states with one fiftieth to one eighth this number. In Colorado, the donors' license program was only one component of a long-range effort at public education and legal reform that included a Uniform http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA American Medical Association

Implied Consent for Cadaveric Organ Donation

JAMA , Volume 251 (12) – Mar 23, 1984

Implied Consent for Cadaveric Organ Donation

Abstract


Few issues in medicine have received more attention recently than the need for cadaveric organ donation. In the study by Overcast et al,1 published in this issue, the influence and effect of donor card programs on organ procurement was examined and found to be inconsequential. This negative conclusion is apt to dampen the enthusiasm of legislators in states where active consideration is being given to laws that would permit or even require a statement about potential organ donation on a...
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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1984 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
ISSN
0098-7484
eISSN
1538-3598
DOI
10.1001/jama.1984.03340360058031
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Abstract

Few issues in medicine have received more attention recently than the need for cadaveric organ donation. In the study by Overcast et al,1 published in this issue, the influence and effect of donor card programs on organ procurement was examined and found to be inconsequential. This negative conclusion is apt to dampen the enthusiasm of legislators in states where active consideration is being given to laws that would permit or even require a statement about potential organ donation on a driver's license. This would be unfortunate since the driver's license programs have had a full trial only in the state of Colorado. There, almost two thirds of all drivers are self-designated as donors compared with other states with one fiftieth to one eighth this number. In Colorado, the donors' license program was only one component of a long-range effort at public education and legal reform that included a Uniform

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JAMAAmerican Medical Association

Published: Mar 23, 1984

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