The impact of a comprehensive, hospital-focused intervention to increase organ donation

J Transpl Coord. 1997 Mar;7(1):6-13. doi: 10.7182/prtr.


In this article the results of a 2-year intervention designed to increase rates of organ donation while improving services to bereaved families of potential donors are described. The project focused on improving key elements of the organ donation process. The intervention was implemented in 50 hospitals within the service areas of three organ procurement organizations. Results show an increase in identification, referral, and asking rates. The overall donation rate increased significantly, from 33% to 43%. However, consent rates remained unchanged. Future efforts should focus on improving the request process by systematically incorporating practices that are associated with higher consent rates. This should enable hospital and organ procurement organization staff to appropriately and effectively offer families the option of organ donation; further increases in organ donation should follow.

MeSH terms

  • Bereavement
  • Family / psychology*
  • Hospital Administration*
  • Humans
  • Informed Consent*
  • Program Evaluation
  • Referral and Consultation
  • Tissue Donors / supply & distribution*
  • Tissue and Organ Procurement / organization & administration*