City Research Online

Organ donation in principle and in practice: tensions and healthcare professionals’ troubled consciences

Machin, L. L., Cooper, J. ORCID: 0000-0002-3295-8593, Dixon, H. and Wilkinson, M. (2021). Organ donation in principle and in practice: tensions and healthcare professionals’ troubled consciences. BioSocieties, doi: 10.1057/s41292-020-00219-z

Abstract

The UK government and NHS Blood and Transplant have introduced a number of policies and organisational changes to the organ donation system following the 2008 recommendations of the Organ Donor Taskforce, which aim to increase the number of available donor organs and tackle transplant waiting lists. However, little is known about how these policy and organisational shifts influence how healthcare professionals experience delivering end-of-life care in the context of organ donation. In this paper, we examine ICU, Emergency Medicine, and Theatre staff’s experiences of organ donation in one NHS Trust following the 2008 changes. We focus upon their decision making when caring for patients at the end of life to highlight the tensions between health professionals' beliefs-in-principle about organ donation and their everyday moral and common sense practices when caring for patients at the end of life. We explore how we might understand and interpret this ‘troubling’ of organ donation through applying the concept of ‘conscience’, and consider whether a conscientious objection around organ donation could exist.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2021, The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Limited part of Springer Nature. This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in BioSocieties. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Machin, L.L., Cooper, J., Dixon, H. et al. Organ donation in principle and in practice: tensions and healthcare professionals’ troubled consciences. BioSocieties (2021). https://doi.org/10.1057/s41292-020-00219-z is available online at: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1057%2Fs41292-020-00219-z
Publisher Keywords: Conscientious objection; Organ donation; Organ donation in principle; Organ donation in practice; Tensions; Troubled consciences
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Departments: School of Health Sciences > Healthcare Services Research & Management
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2021 11:15
URI: https://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/25678
[img] Text - Accepted Version
This document is not freely accessible until 16 January 2022 due to copyright restrictions.

To request a copy, please use the button below.

Request a copy

Export

Downloads

Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics

Actions (login required)

Admin Login Admin Login