Journal article

Should Donors Consent to Export Their Corneas? Examination of Eye Tissue and Eye Care Sector Opinion

Heather Machin, Gerard Sutton, Paul N Baird



PURPOSE: Corneal tissue international activity is only possible because of the willingness of export populations to donate their corneas on their death. Current predonation public education campaigns and at-the-point-of-donation consent practice generally includes consent for transplantation, research, and/or training. It is unclear whether a consent-for-export step is universally included in the consent process or, indeed, whether it should. We interviewed eye tissue and eye care professionals from around the world, who exported, imported, or did neither to understand current consent-for-export awareness and determine opinion on future practice. METHOD: During wider qualitative grounded-the..

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Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Funding Acknowledgements

H. Machin: Postgraduate Scholarship supported by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) ID: APP1150637. G. Sutton: For reference, Prof Sutton is the Medical Director with responsibilities to the Australian Ocular Biobank, which is part of the OTDR Public Health. P. N. Baird: Senior Research Fellowship Supported by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) ID: 1138585. The Centre for Eye Research Australia receives Operational Infrastructure Support from the Victorian government.