Organ donation presents a range of practice issues for the psychologist. As attention to organ donation has increased, other important patients have been identified. Because most donors are deceased, decision making about donation falls to family members at a time of significant grief and distress. These donor families are also important patients in the donation process. Additionally, families of patients eligible to receive organ donation experience many concerns during the waiting period and after transplantation, and thus form an additional patient population. This course focuses on patients receiving transplants and other patient populations in the organ donation process.
- Identify the range of practice issues for psychologists dealing with organ donation.
- Explain the psycho-social issues present before, during and after transplantation
Allmon, A.L., Shaw, K., Martens, J.L., Yamada, T.H., Lohnberg, J.A., Schultz, J.M., Tallman, B.A., and Altmaier, E.M. (2010). Organ Transplantation: Issues in Assessment and Treatment. The Register Report, 36, 10-17.