Laura A. Siminoff, PhD; Robert Arnold, MD; Arthur Caplan, PhD
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Siminoff L., Arnold R., Caplan A.; Public Policy Governing Organ and Tissue Procurement. Ann Intern Med. 1996;124:374-375. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-124-3-199602010-00030
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1996;124(3):374-375.
Large segments of the U.S. public have serious reservations about organ donation. Dr. Spital questions our interpretation of Hessing and colleagues' study , which found that 18.2% of respondents reported a fear of being declared dead too soon and a significant association with willingness to donate. A fear reported by 18.2% of the population would be considered “common” by most social scientists.
Seltzer, Siminoff, and Arnold presented data at the Third Biennial Conference on Psychiatric, Psychosocial and Ethical Issues in Organ Transplantation showing that 28.0% (n = 414) of respondents reported agreeing with the statement “I worry that if the doctors know I am willing to donate organs they won't do as much to save my life” . An earlier survey reported that 48% of the general population responded affirmatively to this question (Lieberman Research, Inc., 1991). These findings represent an obvious impediment to mandated choice.
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