In Israel, most families of cadaver organ donors and transplant recipients who had made contact wanted transplant coordinators to facilitate this contact
- Department of Health, Sport and Science, University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd, UK
- Correspondence to Paul Gill
Faculty of Health, Sport and Science, University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd, CF371DL, UK;
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 …