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New Study Says Doctors' Offices -- Not the DMV -- Should Be Where Americans Decide to Become Organ Donors
Date:1/11/2010

donation lists, and are more likely to die while waiting for an organ transplant.

“Increasing organ donation among people of all ethnicities should be a national health care priority. By increasing the number of organ donors, we can extend both the length and quality of life for those who need transplants,” Thornton, the lead author of the study, said.

The study, “Primary Care Physicians' Attitudes and Practices Regarding Discussing Organ Donation With Their Patients,” is available online at www.nmanet.org/images/uploads/Publications/OC52_110.pdf.

The Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program (AMFDP), a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, was established to increase the number of faculty from historically disadvantaged backgrounds who can achieve senior rank in academic medicine and who will encourage and foster the development of succeeding classes of such physicians. For more information, visit www.amfdp.org.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and health care of all Americans, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, meaningful and timely change. For more than 35 years the Foundation has brought experience, commitment, and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of those it serves. When it comes to helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need, the Foundation expects to make a difference in your lifetime. For more information, visit '/>"/>

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