Family donor care management: principles and recommendations.

Publication Type:

Journal Article

Source:

Bone marrow transplantation, Volume 45, Issue 8, p.1269-73 (2010)

Keywords:

2010, Bone Marrow Transplantation, Center-Authored Paper, Clinical Research Division, FAMILY, hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, Humans, International Agencies, International Cooperation, Living Donors, Practice Guidelines as Topic

Abstract:

The World Marrow Donor Association (WMDA) is an international organization fostering collaboration in clinical transplantation and promoting the interests of unrelated stem cell donors. The WMDA has developed standards for the recruitment, counseling, work-up and subsequent donations to protect the interests of donors. Although the care of family donors has been carefully considered and managed in transplant centers (TCs) internationally over numerous years (and increasingly TCs are facing accreditation programs, which address this issue) there is currently a lack of standardized guidelines for the management of family donors. The underlying principles of family donor care are in many ways identical to those concerning unrelated donors, although key ethical considerations differ. Although the WMDA is primarily involved in the field of unrelated donors, we believe that it is important to collaborate with those involved with family donors, to standardize the care. This document hopes to encourage increased collaboration between those caring for related and unrelated donors, and build on the extensive work, which has already been undertaken in this field to homogenize care. We recognize that there will be financial, regulatory and logistic differences in different countries and that the manner in which these principles are achieved may vary.