Do the myths still exist? Revisiting people’s negative beliefs about organ donation upon death
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The prevalence of myths preventing people partial to donation in Australia from consenting is unknown. Respondents (N = 468: 381 donors, 26 non-donors, 61 undecided) were surveyed about their (negative) donation beliefs. Approximately 30% of donors were neutral or supported negative beliefs about organ allocation, especially donation to undesirable organ recipients and a black market organ trade. Confusion about brain death, lack of family and religious support, and discomfort with donation were negative beliefs endorsed by some respondents irrespective of donor preference. Proportionally, donors had greater trust in hospitals/doctors than other groups. Some myths still exist but may vary with donation preference.
Psychology, Health & Medicine
Copyright 2012 Taylor & Francis. This is an electronic version of an article published in Psychology, Health & Medicine, Volume 17, Issue 5, 2012, pp. 530-541. Psychology, Health & Medicine is available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com with the open URL of your article.
Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology