+ Site Statistics
References:
54,258,434
Abstracts:
29,560,870
PMIDs:
28,072,757
+ Search Articles
+ Subscribe to Site Feeds
Most Shared
PDF Full Text
+ PDF Full Text
Request PDF Full Text
+ Follow Us
Follow on Facebook
Follow on Twitter
Follow on LinkedIn
+ Translate
+ Recently Requested

Stimulating and Enhancing Partnerships Between Transplant Professionals and Law Enforcement: Recommendations



Stimulating and Enhancing Partnerships Between Transplant Professionals and Law Enforcement: Recommendations



Transplantation Direct 2(2): E57



To help combat trafficking in human beings for organ removal (THBOR), transplant professionals need to do more than carry out careful, multidisciplinary screening of potential living donors; they also need to communicate and collaborate with law enforcement professionals. This will involve transplant professionals educating investigators and prosecutors about transplant practices and in turn learning about THBOR and how it is prosecuted. Cases of illegal organ transplantation need to be detected at different levels. First, the victims of the crime itself need to be identified, especially when they present themselves for screening. Physicians have a collective responsibility to prevent exploitation of people, including THBOR victims. The second level involves the more difficult matter of making reports that involve transplant tourists who have returned home after receipt of an organ and need follow-up care. Besides counseling patients prospectively about the legal as well as medical risks in receiving a vended organ in a foreign transplant center, physicians treating such patients could have an obligation to report what has happened, if the government has established a mechanism that either allows reporting THBOR that does not include the identity of the patient or that treats patients as victims provided they cooperate in investigation and prosecution of the persons responsible for obtaining or implanting the organs. The third level of cooperation involves transplant professionals who participate in THBOR. Professional societies need to undertake programs to make physicians and nurses aware that their responsibility to protect their professions' reputation includes identifying members of their professions who depart from professional ethics. Doing so allows the local professional societies and state boards to discipline such violators. All 3 of these functions would be facilitated by the creation by an international body such as World Health Organization of a registry of patients who travel internationally to receive a legitimate organ transplant.

(PDF emailed within 0-6 h: $19.90)

Accession: 058905762

Download citation: RISBibTeXText

PMID: 27500250

DOI: 10.1097/TXD.0000000000000567


Related references

Emerging partnerships between mental health and law enforcement. Psychiatric Services 50(1): 99-101, 1999

Restructuring child welfare Partnerships with law enforcement. Forensic Science International 136(Suppl 1): 400-401, September, 2003

New pressures/new partnerships: public health and law enforcement. Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics 31(4 Suppl): 52-53, 2004

Building partnerships between law enforcement and harm reduction programs. International Journal on Drug Policy 24(5): 377-378, 2014

Collaboration between public health and law enforcement: new paradigms and partnerships for bioterrorism planning and response. Emerging Infectious Diseases 8(10): 1152-1156, 2002

Children's protective services and law enforcement: fostering partnerships in investigations of child abuse. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse 14(2): 97-111, 2005

Geoscientists and law enforcement professionals work together in Colorado. Geotimes 35(7): 13-15, 1990

Mental health training for law enforcement professionals. Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law 33(1): 42-46, 2005

Usefulness of an aids educational program for law enforcement professionals. Sixth International Conference on Aids Sixth International Conference on Aids, Vols 1-3 Pagination Varies Sixth International Conference on Aids University Of California San Francisco: San Francisco, California, Usa Illus Maps Paper : abstract Thd880, 1990

Interaction between skid row people and law enforcement and health professionals. Addictive Diseases 1(3): 369-388, 1974

Partnerships between mothers and professionals. Neonatal Network 22(3): 61; Author Reply 61, 2003

Roles and expectations for mental health professionals in law enforcement agencies. American Journal of Community Psychology 5(2): 207-215, 1977

Fostering partnerships between peers and professionals. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research 33(1): 97-116, 2002

Partnerships between parents and professionals should be developed. Nursing Children and Young People 28(2): 13, 2016

Roles for Mental Health Professionals in Critical Law Enforcement Incidents An Overview. Psychological Services 8(3): 166-177, 2011