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September 2014

How to Help Hispanic Families Benefit From Organ Donation After a Tragedy

Author Affiliations
  • 1Operative Care Division, Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Portland, Oregon
  • 2Department of Surgery, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland
JAMA Surg. 2014;149(9):903. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2014.1029

The need for an increase in the number of organs available to patients on the transplant waiting list has clearly been established. In this issue, Salim and colleagues1 describe their efforts to address this shortage by increasing consent rates for organ donation among Hispanic Americans. There is also an emerging realization that organ donation can benefit the families of patients with neurologic injuries who become donors, both in terms of grieving and mental health.2 Consequently, there are current national efforts to increase awareness among health care professionals of the importance of preserving the option of organ donation for every patient and their family.

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