Organ transplants: ethical, social, and religious issues in a multicultural society

Robson, Noor Zurani and Razack, A.H. and Dublin, N. (2010) Organ transplants: ethical, social, and religious issues in a multicultural society. Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health, 22 (3). pp. 271-278. ISSN 1010-5395,


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Recent advances in the fields of organ donation and organ transplant have introduced new hope for the treatment of serious diseases. However, this promise has been accompanied by several issues. The most common issue raised is ethical implications, but in a multicultural society like Malaysia, additional concerns arise pertaining to social and religious issues. These concerns needs to be addressed as attitudes toward and acceptability of organ donation varies according to social, culture, and religion. The diverse cultural, religious, and traditional concepts pertaining to organ donation may hamper its acceptability and cause a lack of willingness to donate organs. The purpose of this article is to briefly explore the ethical issues involved in organ transplant and the various religious opinions on organ donation. It is hoped that this knowledge and understanding may benefit both health care providers and patients in a multicultural society like Malaysia.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Department of Primary Care Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, 50603, Kuala Lumpur.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Transplant Organ Ethics Social Religion Organ donation Donation rates Public-health Attitudes China Impact Legal Willingness Community Americans Kidney
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
R Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Noorzurani Robson
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2012 08:10
Last Modified: 26 Aug 2019 07:54

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