Ethical debate over organ donation in the context of brain death

Bioethics 24 (2):54-60 (2010)
This study investigated what information about brain death was available from Google searches for five major religions. A substantial body of supporting research examining online behaviors shows that information seekers use Google as their preferred search engine and usually limit their search to entries on the first page. For each of the five religions in this study, Google listings reveal ethical controversy about organ donation in the context of brain death. These results suggest that family members who go online to find information about organ donation in the context of brain death would find information about ethical controversy in the first page of Google listings. Organ procurement agencies claim that all major world religions approve of organ donation and do not address the ethical controversy about organ donation in the context of brain death that is readily available online.
Keywords religion and brain death  online health information seeking  ethics of brain death organ donation  Google searches
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DOI 10.1111/j.1467-8519.2008.00690.x
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