Relative value of different outcomesThe GDG considered that the aim of this guideline was to improve rates of consent for organ donation through optimising all stages of the process. This would include maximising the number of potential donors, through good team-working and having the required skills and competencies.
A recommendation was therefore made on the skills and competencies needed by the wider healthcare team involved in the process of organ donation.
Trade-off between benefits and harmsNone.
Economic considerationsHealth economic analysis indicates that reducing the waiting list for organ donation is of value to the NHS. The value of this reduction to the NHS is considerable and therefore, supports the use of potentially expensive interventions or increased training requirements.
Quality of evidenceEvidence from other areas consistently showed that healthcare professionals often lacked the skills and knowledge for organ donation. Although there was no evidence showing that if these gaps were filled, then consent rates were increased, the GDG considered that teams should have the skills and competencies to deliver the recommendations outlined in this guideline.
Other considerationsNone.

From: 2, Evidence review and recommendations

Cover of Organ Donation for Transplantation
Organ Donation for Transplantation: Improving Donor Identification and Consent Rates for Deceased Organ Donation.
NICE Clinical Guidelines, No. 135.
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