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J. D. Schold

Policies governing the allocation of deceased donor organs must incorporate numerous factors, which are often very difficult to satisfy in a simultaneous manner. These policies can have a significant impact on patients’ lives, but we must carefully consider objective factors such as logistical operations and efficient resource allocation along with more subjective constructs such as equity and justice.

Perhaps an even more difficult challenge is to prospectively consider possible unanticipated changes in behavior by patients and caregivers that may arise from these policies. For certain, any changes in policy should be considered deliberately and conscientiously, with the best information available