Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorJody W.ZylkeMD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: The articles on organ donation consent practices by Dr Wendler and Mr Dickert1 and by Mr Capron2 draw an inappropriate causal link between the US organ shortage and the varying consent practices in use across the nation. They maintain that many OPOs are breaking the law by accepting the family's decision for consent over any known wishes of the donor, but this is an unfair portrayal of a process that depends on the public's trust and participation.
Gunderson S. Attitudes and Practices in Postmortem Organ Procurement. JAMA. 2001;285(15):1958-1960. doi:10.1001/jama.285.15.1958