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Organ donors and transplantations decrease in Spain, the leading country in both

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d242 (Published 13 January 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d242
  1. María de Lago
  1. 1Madrid

The number of organ donors and transplantations fell last year in Spain, the country that leads the ranking in both and whose transplantations model was recently adopted by the EU.

The decline—which signals a break in the increase seen in recent years—was caused largely by a sharp reduction in deaths from traffic incidents. Improved management of cerebral infarctions and a small increase in the refusal rate to donate organs among families whose relative has died have also contributed to the fall. The reluctance to donate is particularly widespread among the immigrant population.

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