Voluntary reciprocal altruism: a novel strategy to encourage deceased organ donation

Kidney Int. 2006 Mar;69(6):957-9. doi: 10.1038/sj.ki.5000280.


New strategies are needed to encourage organ donation. Altruism, the impulse that underlies our present system, is undermined by proposals that provide tangible inducements to improve donation which are, in their own subtle ways, coercive. I propose a new strategy based on implementing an option to donate that reinforces the strong reciprocity which drives anonymous altruism.

Publication types

  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Altruism*
  • Decision Making
  • Humans
  • Organ Transplantation / psychology*
  • Organ Transplantation / statistics & numerical data
  • Tissue Donors / psychology
  • Tissue Donors / statistics & numerical data
  • Tissue Donors / supply & distribution
  • Tissue and Organ Procurement / methods*
  • Waiting Lists