The quality of life in transplanted patients and their thoughts about ethical issues
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- Okada-Takagi, M. & Williams, T. Monash Bioethics Review (1993) 12: 13. doi:10.1007/BF03351518
This study was conducted in patients who received a transplant over 1 year ago, to evaluate the quality of life of transplanted patients and to ascertain their thoughts about ethical issues related to transplantation. The study showed that over 90% of the transplant recipients achieved the level of health that they had expected before the operation. Half of the recipients suffered no anxiety. 50 to 75% of the recipients returned to work, and 40 to 70% of the recipients would like to contribute to society more than they did before their operation. 70 to 80% of the recipients were willing to be contacted when the donor family wished to contact them.
In order to increase the number of donors, 60 to 70% of the recipients suggested establishing an Opting-out system. There was disagreement, however, as to whether the donor family should be paid, whether organs should be bought or sold. 60 to 80% of the recipients thought using organs from animals was morally justifiable.