Factors that hinder organ donation: religio-cultural or lack of information and trust

Tumin, M. and Noh, A. and Jajri, I. and Chong, C.S. and Manikam, R. and Abdullah, N. (2013) Factors that hinder organ donation: religio-cultural or lack of information and trust. Experimental and Clinical Transplantation, 11 (3). pp. 207-210. ISSN 1304-0855,

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Objectives: This paper examines factors that influence Malaysian persons with a tertiary level of education on their willingness to donate organs. Materials and Methods: A survey was done in the Klang Valley (Kuala Lumpur and its suburbs) at several designated locations. A total of 1420 people were approached, and we focused the sample of 688 respondents with a tertiary level of education. Respondents were given 2 sets of answers: (1) a religio-cultural category and (2) a structural category. They were allowed to choose more than 1 reason. Results: Our findings revealed that only 47.5 percent of respondents declined becoming organ donors. The highest frequency recorded was "I am not convinced that my body part will be used beneficially" (30.1), followed by "I do not have enough access to information" (292), "I want my body to remain intact after death" (16.9), and "It is against my religion" (9.9). Conclusions: Our study revealed that religio-cultural factors are not a prime explanation for the lack of organ donation in the Malaysian case. This study suggests that better procurement methods used by dedicated agencies, as well as better education, could reduce the shortage between organ supply and demand.

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Additional Information: ISI Document Delivery No.: 194DD Times Cited: 0 Cited Reference Count: 6 Tumin, Makmor Noh, Abdillah Jajri, Idris Chong, Chin-Sieng Manikam, Rishya Abdullah, Nawi University of Malaya The authors wish to thank the University of Malaya for funding the research under the University of Malaya Research Grant Scheme 2010 Baskent univ Ankara
Uncontrolled Keywords: Organ donation Donation rate Education Public awareness Malaysia attitudes community
Subjects: R Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Ms azrahani halim
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2014 08:39
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2014 08:39
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/10624

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