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  • March 31, 2021 from 4:00pm to 5:00pm

University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics Seminar Series 2020-21


Jia Lin, MPH, Child Health Evaluative Sciences (CHES), Hospital for Sick Children

Sarah J. Pol, MSc, Child Health Evaluative Sciences (CHES), Hospital for Sick Children

About this Seminar:

Organ and tissue donation (OTD) saves lives and improves quality of life for those in need. In most of Canada, an individual’s expressed or registered wish for OTD is legally valid consent following death. Family veto (FV) occurs when a deceased donor’s substitute decision-maker overrides or “vetoes” the donor’s registered wish to donate, evoking a legal and ethical conflict. In this presentation, we present key findings of two qualitative research projects: a) the framing of family veto in the media (2017) and b) organ and tissue donation coordinators’ experiences with family veto (2021). The presentation illuminates the processes and contexts of FV that prevent successful OTD, highlights some of the ethical considerations surrounding FV in OTD, and promotes the advancement of patient-centred care throughout the OTD process.

Additional Details:

This event is free and is open to the general public.

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