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Implication for practice and research
■ Establishing contact between donor families and transplant recipients is complex and often associated with perceived benefits and problems that require careful consideration.
■ Transplant coordinators have an important role to play in mediating contact between donor families and transplant recipients and managing the needs, expectations and well-being of both parties.
■ Further research is required to establish the longer term consequences of continued contact and the implications of establishing contact post-transplant failure.
Most transplantable organs are provided by brain-dead, multi-organ donors. The donation process is such that donor families and transplant recipients generally know little about each other. However, some form of communication between the two, often in …