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Pros/Cons of Opt-In Donation System: A Panel Discussion

Thursday, February 17, 2022, at 2:00pm – 3:00pm EST

Continuing Education Credits

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Pros/Cons of Opt-In Donation System: A Panel Discussion

Thursday, February 17, 2022, at 2:00pm – 3:00pm EST / 2:00pm – 3:00pm EST

Purpose / Goal

The Alliance Conversation Series brings you cost-free, fast-paced collaborative opportunities that highlight successful donation and transplantation practices across the country. Through shared insight, multidisciplinary experts identify solutions to critical challenges affecting the community of practice and actively share them for open discussion and broader knowledge of effective practices.

Sessions are designed to be approximately 30-45 minutes in length and encourage real-time feedback and participation from viewers.

Overview: There has been an increasing number of discussions about the benefits of an Opt-out vs. Opt-in organ donation system and its effects on organ donation rates. Other countries have experienced increasing donation rates; however, would the same impact materialize in the United States?

We will hear from the UK National Health Service (NHS) team to understand their rationale for adopting an opt-out system and their lessons since transitioning to a presumed consent system. The discussion will include leading experts from the United States who will provide their insights and share their opinions on both systems. Our panelist will address misunderstandings and uncertainties about both methods and assess trends in global organ donation policies, implications of cultural attitudes towards donation, and potential health disparities.

Learning Objectives
  • Differentiate differences and nuances of an opt-in and opt-out organ donation system
  • Cite the pathways to U.S. organ donation, policies, practices, and proposals to consider opt-out donation policies
  • Appraise the potential impact that either systems may have on organ donation rates
  • Explain implications of cultural attitudes toward donation and resulting health disparities

Presenters

Anthony Clarkson
Speaker
Anthony Clarkson
Director of Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation
NHS Blood & Transplant
Shelley Hall
Speaker
Shelley Hall
Chief of Heart Transplant Services
Baylor University Medical Center
Tom Mone
Speaker
Tom Mone
Chief Executive Officer
One Legacy, CA
Claire Williment
Speaker
Claire Williment
Head of Legislation Implementation
NHS Blood and Transplant

Moderator

Who Does This Benefit?

Transplant Center Professionals, Organ Procurement Organization Professionals, Quality Improvement Professionals and Leadership, OPO and Transplant Center Leadership, Directors, Managers, Clinicians, Front-line staff and Individuals interested in improving relationships between OPO and Transplant programs.

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