Opinion polls suggest that as many as 90% of the UK population support donation and transplantation. However, another
measure of society’s support for donation – the family consent / authorisation rate - hovers around 60%, with this shortfall
perhaps reflecting the difference between what an individual might wish to happen after their death and the reality that faces
a grieving family. An increase in consent/authorisation rates to 85% would deliver almost five hundred additional donors
annually, and as a result is widely regarded as the element of the donation pathway most in need of improvement. It is
also an element that for most parts of the UK has hitherto proven stubbornly resistant to change.
There are three broad and complimentary approaches to increasing consent rates for organ donation – alteration of the way in which donation is raised with a family, promotional behaviour change strategies that seek to improve the public's support for donation and legislative reform that might 'reset' societal expectations. A system of 'deemed consent' for organ donation was introduced into Wales in December 2015; for more information on this click here.
UK consent / authorisation rates for donation after brain-stem death (DBD) and donation after circulatory death (DCD)
- HTA - Your Guide to Consent and Organ Donation
- International perspectives and evidence base
- Legislative Framework
- NICE Guidance
- NHSBT Best Practice Guide