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A Swedish survey of young people's views on organ donation and transplantation.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Health Services Research. (Health Services Research)
2002 (English)In: Transplant International, ISSN 0934-0874, E-ISSN 1432-2277, Vol. 15, no 12, 641-648 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study is to explore young people’s attitudes, beliefs, and knowledge on organ donation and transplantation. A survey was conducted among 1,447 students aged 15–18 years in four urban areas in Sweden. Although students lookedupon organ transplantation favorably, only 50% were willing to donate their own organs, and only 20% the organs of their parents. Concerning organ donation, 75% of the students expressed some discomfort. There were significant gender differences. About 70% of the students indicated that transplantation issues should be included in the school curriculum. It is concluded that teenagers feel irresolution and discomfort regarding organ donation after death, but concurrently see organ transplantation as a highly valued service. One way that this mental conflict can be resolved is through education. Educational programs in school must address this ambivalence and both mediate facts and help students to work through the fear and discomfort associated with organ donation.

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2002. Vol. 15, no 12, 641-648 p.
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Attitudes, organ donation, High-school students, public opinion, psychology, discomfort reactions, knowledge
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Health Care Research
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-63045DOI: 10.1007/s00147-002-0474-1PubMedID: 12478412OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-63045DiVA: diva2:90956
Available from: 2008-10-17 Created: 2008-10-17 Last updated: 2017-11-30Bibliographically approved

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