Balancing Urgency, Age and Quality of Life in Organ Allocation Decisions -- What Would You Do? : A Survey
Stahl, James E.
Journal of Medical Ethics 2008 February; 34(2): 109-115
PURPOSE: Explore public attitudes towards the trade-offs between justice and medical outcome inherent in organ allocation decisions. BACKGROUND: The US Task Force on Organ Transplantation recommended that considerations of justice, autonomy and medical outcome be part of all organ allocation decisions. Justice in this context may be modeled as a function of three types of need, related to age, clinical urgency, and quality of life. METHODS: A web-based survey was conducted in which respondents were asked to choose between two hypothetical patients who differed in clinical urgency (time to death
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