PUBLIC-ATTITUDES TOWARD ORGAN DONATION - A SURVEY IN A TURKISH COMMUNITY


BILGEL H., BILGEL N., OKAN N., KILICTURGAY S., OZEN Y., KORUN N.

TRANSPLANT INTERNATIONAL, vol.4, no.4, pp.243-245, 1991 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 4 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 1991
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/j.1432-2277.1991.tb01989.x
  • Title of Journal : TRANSPLANT INTERNATIONAL
  • Page Numbers: pp.243-245

Abstract

A survey of public attitudes toward organ donation and transplantation was conducted in a Turkish community. The 1030 subjects were chosen using a random, stratified method. Some 50.5 % of those interviewed were willing to donate their organs while 33.7 % refused and 15.8 % were uncertain n. A total of 53.6 % said they would consent to donate a deceased relative's organs. Reasons for refusal to donate organs were as follows: fear that their body would be cut into pieces (43.8 %), religious beliefs (26.2 %), no reason (23.1%) and the belief that they would need their body and organs for their second life (6.9 % ). Attitudes toward organ donation were clearly related to level of education, age, sex, and socioeconomic status.