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Guidelines on organ donation.

The American Medical Association at its annual meeting adopted new resolutions to guide physicians involved in transplanting organs from living donors. The resolutions recommend that living donors be assigned an "advocate" team whose primary concern will be the well-being of the donor. Physician support is also needed to develop and maintain a national database of living donor outcomes, the new language stated. "Over the past 10 years, the number of living organ donors has more than doubled, and these living donors, who give the gift of life, require special protection," said AMA Trustee Peter Carmel, M.D. The AMA claims these are the first national guidelines to be developed on this issue. In another measure, the House of Delegates voted to encourage and support pilot studies that investigate the effectiveness of presumed consent and mandated choice for organ donation.

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Title Annotation:Policy & Practice
Author:Silverman, Jennifer
Publication:Family Practice News
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Aug 1, 2005
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