Contact between deceased donors' families and organ recipients

Pazit Azuri*, Nili Tabak, Shulamit Kreitler

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The benefits and disadvantages of posttransplant contact between a donor family and the organ recipient are disputed. In this study far more contacters reported benefits rather than disadvantages and noncontacters reported the opposite. The dissatisfaction of noncontacters with no contact was high: no less than 60% wanted some form of contact in the future. The authors conclude that contact has more benefits for the donor family than disadvantages, evidenced by families' desire to maintain contact with the organ recipient. Both donor families and organ recipients need the transplant coordinator's initiative and guidance on this issue.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)342-349
Number of pages8
JournalProgress in Transplantation
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2013


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