Letters Presumed consent

View from France: coming full circle

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c3160 (Published 16 June 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c3160
  1. Gerald Kierzek, emergency physician, intensivist1,
  2. Valeria Rac, postdoctoral fellow2,
  3. Jean-Louis Pourriat, professor1
  1. 1AP-HP, Hôtel-Dieu Cochin Hospital, Emergency Department, University Paris Descartes 75004 Paris, France
  2. 2Rescu, Keenan Research Centre, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St Michael’s Hospital, Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
  1. gerald.kierzek{at}htd.aphp.fr

    Bird and Harris propose moving to presumed consent to increase organ donation in the United Kingdom.1 France moved to presumed consent 34 years ago.2 All people are considered to consent to organ donation after death unless they have recorded opposition while alive (Laws of Bioethics).3 …

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