The Importance of Knowledge and Trust in the Definition of Death
Rix, Bo Andreassen
Bioethics. 1990 Jul; 4(3): 232-236.
Denmark is the only Western European country that has not changed the criterion of death from one based on the cessation of cardiac function to one based on the irreversible loss of all brain function. The Danish Council of Ethics, at the behest of the political establishment, launched an educational campaign to promote public debate on brain death before proceeding to legislation. National surveys conducted before and during the campaign and the debate to measure public knowledge of death criteria revealed that knowledge had increased but that there was still much misunderstanding of the current criterion of death, of brain death, of the persistent vegetative state, and of criteria for organ harvesting. Rix concludes that increased education targeted at specific groups is worthwhile to increase trust in the definition of death and in organ donation. (KIE abstract)
Advisory Committees; Brain; Brain Death; Comprehension; Death; Determination of Death; Education; Ethics; Hearts; Information Dissemination; Knowledge; Legal Aspects; Legislation; Mass Media; Organ Donation; Persistent Vegetative State; Public Opinion; Public Participation; Public Policy; Standards; Survey; Surveys; Trust;
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Rix, Bo Andreassen (1990-03)In Denmark, which alone in Western Europe has not accepted brain death as the criterion of death, the newly established Danish Council of Ethics has issued a report suggesting that in Denmark the criterion of death should ...