Family-Based Consent and Motivation for Cadaveric Organ Donation in China : An Ethical Exploration

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)534-553
Journal / PublicationJournal of Medicine and Philosophy
Issue number5
Online published16 Sep 2019
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2019



This essay indicates that Confucian family-based ethics is by no means a stumbling block to organ donation in China. We contend that China should not change to an opt-out consent system in order to enhance donation because a "hard" opt-out system is unethical, and a "soft" opt-out system is unhelpful. We argue that the recently-introduced familist model of motivation for organ donation in mainland China can provide a proper incentive for donation. This model, and the family priority right that this model supports, is ethically justifiable in terms of Confucian family-based ethics.

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  • Confucian family-based ethics, family priority right, filial piety, opt-in, opt-out, organ donation and motivation

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