Faith leaders united in their support for organ donation: Findings from the UK organ donation taskforce study

  • Randhawa G
  • Brocklehurst A
  • Pateman R
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Abstract

SUMMARY: This article reports the findings from the one-to-one interviews with the main UK faith and belief leaders, which were commissioned by the Organ Donation Taskforce. Interviews were arranged with the main faith and belief organizations within the UK and covered a range of issues related to organ donation. No faith or belief groups were against organ donation in principle. The interviewees stated that the majority opinion in their faith or belief group is to permit organ donation, with some actively supporting it. Interviewees were keen to stress that there is a broad spectrum of opinions on organ transplantation within each faith and belief group, and that consequently it is difficult to speak on behalf of an entire group. One complication mentioned by interviewees is that as organ transplantation is a relatively new medical procedure, there is no explicit reference to it in many original religious texts. Consequently positions on the receipt and donation of organs are based on interpretation. It was felt that a much greater level of engagement is needed, as organ donation is currently not a priority for many faith and belief groups.

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  • Faith
  • Organ donation
  • Religion

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Authors

  • Gurch Randhawa

  • Anna Brocklehurst

  • Ruth Pateman

  • Suzannah Kinsella

  • Vivienne Parry

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