The complex use of religion in decisions on organ transplantation.

Helena Röcklinsberg

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Because of its existential character, organ transplantation is strongly connected to a person's view of life. This article describes how participants in a focus group use religious elements in decision-making on transplantation medicine in four European countries. Further these findings are related to two influential theologians: James Gustafson and Paul Ramsey, and their thinking on the role of religion in medical ethics. Both participants' and theologians' use of religious elements is complex, and show significant variety in regard to both content and form. Decisions in transplantation medicine would benefit from considering the complexity of religious views when striving for informed consent as participative involvement.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)62-78
JournalJournal of Religion and Health
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Philosophy, Ethics and Religion


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