CHRISMED Journal of Health and Research

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2016  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 101--105

A study of factors influencing decisions on organ donation among patient attendees in a Tertiary Care Hospital in North India


Madhvi Kaistha1, Shilpa Kaistha2, Anjali Mahajan3 
1 Department of Community Medicine, Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital, Banur, Punjab, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi, India
3 Department of Community Medicine, IGMC, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India

Correspondence Address:
Anjali Mahajan
Department of Community Medicine, IGMC, Shimla - 171 001, Himachal Pradesh
India

Introduction: Organ transplantation is the most preferred treatment modality for end-stage organ disease and organ failures as it improves the quality of life. Patients deemed fit for transplantation by the transplant team often wait expectantly for a donor organ. Each year thousands of individuals wait for organs to be donated for transplantation. There remains, therefore, a great need for increasing organ donation and harnessing of donor organs. Aims and Objectives: To determine knowledge, attitude, and practices of the general population for organ donation. To determine the factors which facilitate or inhibit general population from organ donation. Methodology: A cross-sectional survey was conducted among a total of 120 patient attendants attending outpatient department in the age group of 18–65 years at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi. Results: One hundred and twenty participants were enrolled in the study, but only 119 participated. The mean age of males was 37.7 ± 14.7 years while that of females was 32.7 ± 11.5. Maximum awareness was found to be for kidney donation, least awareness for ear drums, and intestine donation. About 49.1% males and 51.6% females were aware of the legislation related to organ transplantation. The majority of female respondents (73.3%) showed their willingness to donate their organs in contrast to males only 16.7% were ready to donate in any situation. Females (60.7%) outnumbered males (45.8%) in their readiness to sign an organ donor card. About 73.3% females and 64.4% males were ready to participate in any promotion campaign related to organ donation. Conclusion: The magnitude of organ retrieval for the execution of a successful donor program is heavily dependent upon the level of knowledge and attitudes of the general public, so the need of hour is to increase the awareness among masses.


How to cite this article:
Kaistha M, Kaistha S, Mahajan A. A study of factors influencing decisions on organ donation among patient attendees in a Tertiary Care Hospital in North India.CHRISMED J Health Res 2016;3:101-105


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Kaistha M, Kaistha S, Mahajan A. A study of factors influencing decisions on organ donation among patient attendees in a Tertiary Care Hospital in North India. CHRISMED J Health Res [serial online] 2016 [cited 2020 Nov 28 ];3:101-105
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