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Kidney organ donation knowledge and attitudes among health care professionals: Findings from a Greek general hospital

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Emmanouil K. Symvoulakis, Zoi Tsimtsiou, Stamatis Papaharitou, Dimitra Palitzika, Adelais Markaki, Emilia Stavroulaki, Myfanwy Morgan, Roger Jones

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)283-290
Number of pages8
JournalApplied Nursing Research
Volume25
Issue number4
DOIs
PublishedNov 2012

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Abstract

Identified barriers of organ donation advancement include lack of knowledge, personal beliefs, and a negative attitude from health professionals. This article reports on current knowledge and attitudes toward kidney donation among nurses and physicians in a Greek general hospital. A previously used questionnaire was applied. More physicians than nurses were donor card holders, with registration rates being lower than expected. Over half of the participants did not consider themselves well informed about registering as a kidney donor. Older nurses differed significantly from younger ones in their willingness to become live donors if an adult required a kidney. Nurses who were blood donors had higher odds ratio of feeling well informed when compared with nurses who were not blood donors. Integrating organ donation issues into undergraduate health science curricula and continuous education interdisciplinary programs is essential in increasing awareness, eradicating negativism, and reversing inertia. (C) 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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