Organ Donation

The American Academy of Family Physicians encourages family physicians, family medicine residents and medical students to expand their knowledge and understanding of the principles and practices of organ donation in the delivery of health care. With consideration of the patient's cultural beliefs and values, family physicians are urged to initiate discussion regarding organ donation with their patients, particularly those patient populations who have been less likely to be donors. This discussion shall be utilized to determine the patient's wishes, fears, cultural beliefs, etc. pertaining to organ donation and should be appropriately noted in the patient's medical records. Where appropriate, organ donation information should be shared by the family physician with family members, organ procurement agencies and others, as designated by the patient. (2000) (2011 COD)