Bioethics News

, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 13–30

The quality of life in transplanted patients and their thoughts about ethical issues

  • Miyako Okada-Takagi
  • Trevor Williams
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF03351518

Cite this article as:
Okada-Takagi, M. & Williams, T. Monash Bioethics Review (1993) 12: 13. doi:10.1007/BF03351518

Abstract

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.

Copyright information

© Monash University 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Miyako Okada-Takagi
    • 1
    • 2
  • Trevor Williams
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Human BioethicsMonash UniversityAustralia
  2. 2.Heart/Lung Transplant ServiceAlfred HospitalAustralia

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