International Journal of Education and Research in Health Sciences
(Official Publication of Sai Amrut Educational and Medical Research Foundation, Aurangabad)
 

Vol.2, Issue 4 (2016)



Awareness of Organ Donation and Transplantation among Health care Professionals: A Prospective Study

Lalitha V Rosali



Abstract

CONTEXT: The act of saving lives has reached a remarkable goal. With the process of organ donations, life can still go on for the unfortunate people with malfunctioning organs. A positive attitude of the health care professional (HCP) toward lifesaving organ donation programs could be a first step toward realizing this goal. Objective: In this present study, an attempt had been made to probe this issue from the HCP because their attitude as a mediator or a donor can aid the process of organ donation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: It is a cross-sectional questionnaire involving 95 male and female HCPs (physicians, nurses, lab technicians, and students) in the study. A questionnaire with 30 questions on various aspects of organ donation was given to answer as “Yes” or “No.” RESULTS: The results showed that having sufficient information and knowledge on the same was found to be just 25%. About 95% of them were very supportive of organ donation and 80% of them were willing to donate to a stranger. However, weak responses in the area of willingness to be a living donor were obtained, and it was really a hard fact to notice that nobody had registered as a donor. CONCLUSION: It is apparent from the study that though there was some level of awareness and willingness about organ donation, a high proportion of the participants did not have positive attitudes toward organ donation.


Keywords

Attitude, Donor, Health care professional, Knowledge, Organ donation.


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