Should Children Be Given Priority in Kidney Allocation?

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Show simple item record Wilkinson, Timothy en Dittmer, ID en 2017-05-19T02:00:01Z en 2016-12 en
dc.identifier.citation Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 13(4):535-545 Dec 2016 en
dc.identifier.issn 1176-7529 en
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dc.description.abstract Kidneys for transplantation are scarce, and many countries give priority to children in allocating them. This paper explains and criticizes the paediatric priority. We set out the relevant ethical principles of allocation, such as utility and severity, and the relevant facts to do with such matters as sensitization and child development. We argue that the facts and principles do not support and sometimes conflict with the priority given to children. We next consider various views on how age or the status of children should affect allocation. Again, these views do not support priority to children in its current form. Since distinctions based on age ought to be positively justified, the failure of all these attempts at justification implies that the priority to children is ethically mistaken. Finally, the paper points to evidence that the paediatric priority reduces the overall supply of kidneys, at least in the United States. Paediatric priority is a real-world policy that seems discriminatory, in some places probably reduces the supply of organs, has no robust official defence, and is unsupported by mainstream ethical principles. Consequently, it should be ended. en
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dc.language eng en
dc.publisher Springer Verlag en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Journal of Bioethical Inquiry en
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dc.title Should Children Be Given Priority in Kidney Allocation? en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1007/s11673-016-9737-x en
pubs.issue 4 en
pubs.begin-page 535 en
pubs.volume 13 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: Springer Verlag en
dc.identifier.pmid 27392661 en
pubs.end-page 545 en
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pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 536959 en Arts en Social Sciences en Politics & International Relations en
dc.identifier.eissn 1872-4353 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2017-05-19 en
pubs.dimensions-id 27392661 en

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