The Institute of Medicine's report on non-heart-beating organ transplantation

Kennedy Inst Ethics J. 1998 Mar;8(1):83-90. doi: 10.1353/ken.1998.0003.


In December 1997, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a report on medical and ethical issues in the procurement of non-heart-beating organ donors. This report had been requested in May 1997 by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). We will here describe the genesis of the IOM report, the medical and moral concerns that led the DHHS to sponsor it, the process of producing it, and its conclusions. The analyses, findings, and recommendations of the report are also reviewed, in particular the central issues that led to suggestions for policy changes.

MeSH terms

  • Cadaver*
  • Conflict of Interest
  • Death*
  • Decision Making
  • Disclosure
  • Family
  • Federal Government
  • Government
  • Guidelines as Topic
  • Health Facilities
  • Human Body
  • Humans
  • National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, U.S., Health and Medicine Division*
  • Organ Transplantation
  • Organizational Policy
  • Pharmaceutical Preparations
  • Physicians
  • Public Policy
  • Reference Standards
  • Third-Party Consent
  • Tissue Donors*
  • Tissue and Organ Procurement*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • United States
  • United States Dept. of Health and Human Services
  • Withholding Treatment


  • Pharmaceutical Preparations