Autonomy, Agency, and Responsibility: Ethical Concerns for Living Donor Advocates

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Abstract

Autonomy and voluntariness are important concepts for use in the evaluation of living donors for organ transplantation. This chapter explains why these concepts are important and provides an account of what they entail. The chapter employs examples from living donor interviews to illustrate how the concepts may be identified in conversations with living donors. It goes on to explain other important ethical considerations for those with the responsibility of serving as living donor advocates and illustrates them with two cases.

Keywords

Autonomy Voluntariness Decisional capacity Nonjudgmental regard Listening Responsibility 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Medical EducationIcahn School of Medicine at Mount SinaiNew YorkUSA

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