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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 the form of …
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