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Registering wishes about organ donation may decrease the number of donors

Mitchell Lawlor and Frank A Billson
Med J Aust 2007; 186 (3): 156.
Published online: 5 February 2007

To the Editor: An important factor in the well documented shortfall of organs and eyes for transplantation is the apparent reluctance of people to agree to donate.1 One nearly universal strategy in attempting to raise donation rates has been to encourage individuals to register their wishes about donation. Although evidence that this strategy increases donation rates is lacking, there is some evidence that more individuals make and communicate a decision with appropriate education.2

  • Mitchell Lawlor
  • Frank A Billson

  • Save Sight Institute, Sydney, NSW.

Correspondence: mitchell@eye.usyd.edu.au

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