Presumed consent increases organ donation by up to 30%

Presumed consent for organ donation may increase the number of donors available in the UK, according to research.

Photograph: NHS Organ Donor Register
Photograph: NHS Organ Donor Register

Last year the UK Organ Donation Taskforce advised against introducing a system of presumed consent.

The research team at the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD) focused on 13 studies that either assessed organ donation rates before and after the introduction of presumed consent in a single country or compared rates between countries with similar systems.

Several studies showed a significant link between increased organ donation rates and presumed consent – in one of these donation rates were 25-30% higher, according to BMJ Online.

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