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Marc Cornock Qualified nurse, academic lawyer and senior lecturer, The Open University

What is presumed consent for organ donation?

In a health context, consent must be obtained from anyone capable of giving it before a procedure can be performed. Specific processes exist where someone is unable to give consent, either because they are a minor or lack the capacity to do so. Presumed consent is the opposite of the normal consent process. Rather than having to obtain consent to perform a procedure on a patient, it is presumed that the patient has consented unless they expressly state otherwise.

Nursing Standard. 32, 14, 30-30. doi: 10.7748/ns.32.14.30.s21

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