Nudging Organ Donation: Tools to Encourage Organ Availability

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Organ donation saves and improves lives every day, but there are not nearly enough organ donors to meet the demand for transplantation. In 2019, 19,267 U.S. donors made possible a record-setting 39,718 transplants, but more than 109,000 Americans remain on the organ transplant waiting list. How can this gap be bridged? What might be done to increase participation in the organ donor registry? What lessons might be learned by experience elsewhere?

On November 6, panelists gathered via Zoom for an exploration of these important questions.

– Introduction: Carmel Shachar, Executive Director, The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School
– Cass Sunstein, Robert Walmsley University Professor, Harvard University; Founder and Director, Program on Behavioral Economics and Public Policy, Harvard Law School
– Alexandra Glazier, President and CEO, New England Donor Services
– Phil Walton, Project Lead for Deemed Consent Legislation, National Health Service’s Blood and Transplant Division (see bio below)
– Moderator: James Lytle, Fellow, Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative

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