Transplantation and organ offer in Greece and European Union

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Κατεύθυνση Κλινική Νοσηλευτική: Εντατική και Επείγουσα Νοσηλευτική
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Arapakopoulou Georgia
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Παύλος Μυριανθεύς, Καθηγητής, Τμήμα Νοσηλευτικής, ΕΚΠΑ
Κωνσταντίνος Μπίρμπας, Αναπληρωτής Καθηγητής, Τμήμα Νοσηλευτικής, ΕΚΠΑ
Θεόδωρος Μαριόλης-Σαψάκος, Επίκουρος Καθηγητής, Τμήμα Νοσηλευτικής, ΕΚΠΑ
Original Title:
Μεταμοσχεύσεις και δωρεά νεφρών στην Ελλάδα και την Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση
Translated title:
Transplantation and organ offer in Greece and European Union
Introduction / Purpose: Kidney transplantation is the treatment of choice for a significant number of patients with end-stage renal disease. Recipient graft recipients benefit from longer life expectancy and better quality of life. The purpose of this thesis is to present the current situation in kidney transplantation in Greece and the European Union.
Material and Method: By investigating medical databases, the appropriate studies were selected from which the bibliographic review was carried out.
Results: Renal replacement therapy has been proven to be more efficient, economically and qualitywise, in comparison to alternative treatments, such as dialysis. Greece currently uses the “soft” opt out system, where the final choice for the donation of organs from a dead donor, belongs to the family. Greece is far below the European average in terms of donor rates and number of transplants of solid organs and more specifically kidney transplants.
Conclusions: The disappointing rates of recent years are caused by a lot of factors such as, the economic crisis, the state’s inability to create a sustainable framework, the opposition of the clergy concerning organ donation and the non-
existant or inadequate information of the public regarding the importance of this issue. Countries such as Spain and Portugal that use the “opt out” system and have the highest rates among the European Union should be taken as role models.
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Health Sciences
Renal transplantation, Greece, European Union
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