Letter to the Editor: Organ Shortages (Drs. Jagbir Gill, John Gill and David Landsberg)

Re It Takes More Than Laws To Boost Organ Donations (Jan. 17): Important information in support of André Picard’s position that it takes more than laws to boost organ donation rates is the fact family members of severely brain injured patients overwhelmingly (90 per cent) agree to organ donation when they are asked.

A lower donor conversion rate in Canada compared to Spain is due to differences in ascertainment of potential donors: In Canada, potential donors are estimated based on administrative data (which overestimate the true number of potential donors by a factor of two, leading to underestimation of the conversion rate), whereas Spanish estimates, based on chart audits of hospital deaths, are more accurate.

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