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Social media and organ donation: Pros and cons


1 Department of Nephrology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
2 Department of Nephrology, Institute of Kidney Diseases and Research Centre, Dr. HL Trivedi Institute of Transplantation Sciences (IKDRC-ITS), Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
3 Institute of Renal Science, Sir Gangaram Hospital, New Delhi, India
4 Department of Nephrology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

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Sanjay K Agarwal,
Department of Nephrology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
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DOI: 10.4103/ijn.ijn_158_22

Shortage of organ donors is the most important obstacle standing in the way of lifesaving organ transplantation in a myriad of patients suffering from end-stage organ failure. It is vital that the transplant societies and associated appropriate authorities develop strategies to overcome the unmet needs for organ donation. The power of prominent social media (SoMe) platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, which reach millions of people, can increase awareness, provide education, and may ameliorate the pessimism toward organ donation among the general population. Additionally, public solicitation of organs may be helpful for waitlisted candidates for organ transplantation, who cannot find a suitable donor among near relations. However, the use of SoMe for organ donation has several ethical issues. This review attempts to highlight the advantages and limitations of using social media in the context of organ donation for transplantation. Some suggestions on the best utilization of social media platforms for organ donation while balancing ethical considerations have been highlighted here.


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