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Organ donation: educating the public about the “opt-out” system is crucial

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 26 March 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m1207
  1. Matthew H V Byrne, junior doctor,
  2. James Ashcroft, junior doctor
  1. Cambridge University Hospitals Trust, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge CB2 0QQ, UK
  1. mhvbyrne{at}

The switch to an “opt-out” system for organ donation is eagerly anticipated and represents a positive change.1 But it will not solve the organ donor deficit on its own. The policy change has been effective in Wales, but a systematic review of 35 countries found that the effectiveness of an opt-out system at improving donation …

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