Howard M. Nathan
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Nathan HM. Public Policy Governing Organ and Tissue Procurement. Ann Intern Med. 1996;124:374. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-124-3-199602010-00029
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1996;124(3):374.
TO THE EDITOR:
The study by Siminoff and colleagues  is significant; however, it overlooks the role of the organ procurement organization (OPO) in offering the option of organ donation to the families.
A survey of OPOs done last year by the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations showed that when hospital staff approached families and offered the option of donation, the consent rate was about 46%. This figure is consistent with those of Siminoff and colleagues' study. However, when a coordinator from the OPO was on site and involved in requesting donation, the consent rate was about 71%.
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