In-hospital experiences of families of potential organ donors

A systematic review and qualitative synthesis

Sean Glenton Dicks, Kristen Ranse, Frank M.P. van Haren, Douglas P. Boer

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Information and compassion assist families of potential organ donors to make informed decisions. However, psychological implications of the in-hospital process are not well described with past research focusing on decision-making. To enhance understanding and improve service delivery, a systematic review was conducted. Inductive analysis and synthesis utilised Grounded Theory Methodology within a systems theory framework and contributed to a model proposing that family and staff form a System of Systems with shared responsibility for process outcomes. This model can guide evaluation and improvement of care and will be tested by means of a longitudinal study of family experiences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalHealth Psychology Open
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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