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People's feelings and ideas about receiving transplants of different origins: questions of life and death, identity, and nature's border
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Health Services Research.
2001 (English)In: Clinical Transplantation, ISSN 0902-0063, E-ISSN 1399-0012, Vol. 15, no 1, 19-27 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to explore the public's feelings and ideas with regard to receiving transplants of different origins. Sixty-nine individuals with varying sociodemographic background, selected from samples who had responded to a questionnaire on receiving and donating organs, were interviewed in-depth. A wide variety of reactions was displayed. The feelings and ideas about receiving organs were summarized in ten categories: 1) the emergency situation; 2) the functioning of the transplant; 3) the influence of transplants on personality, behaviour, and appearance; 4) the influence of transplants on body image; 5) disgust; 6) cannibalism; 7) trespassing nature's border; 8) tradition; 9) ethical considerations; and 10) the debt of gratitude. Most individuals were willing to accept at least one organ. Animal organs were the least preferred. The hierarchy of organ preferences – with organs from a relative at the top and animal organs at the bottom – was explained in terms of rational, magical, and analogy thinking. Finally, the consequences for the encounter between health care personnel and transplantation candidates were briefly discussed.

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2001. Vol. 15, no 1, 19-27 p.
Keyword [en]
allotransplantation, artificial organs, living donor transplantation, public attitudes, xenotransplantation
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-53466DOI: 10.1034/j.1399-0012.2001.150104.xOAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-53466DiVA: diva2:81376
Available from: 2008-10-17 Created: 2008-10-17 Last updated: 2010-07-28Bibliographically approved

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