Exploring donation decisions: Beliefs and preferences for organ donation in Australia

Hyde, Melissa K. & White, Katherine M. (2010) Exploring donation decisions: Beliefs and preferences for organ donation in Australia. Death Studies, 34(2), pp. 172-185.

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We explored common beliefs and preferences for posthumous and living organ donation in Australia where organ donation rates are low and little research exists. Content analysis of discussions revealed the advantage of prolonging/saving life whereas disadvantages differed according to donation context. A range of people/groups perceived to approve and disapprove of donation were identified. Barriers for posthumous donation included a family’s objection, with the type of organ needed important for living donation. Motivators included knowledge about potential organ recipients. Donation preferences favored loved ones, with weaker preferences for recipients who were perceived as morally questionable or responsible for their illness.

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ID Code: 29314
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Organ Donation
DOI: 10.1080/07481180903492604
ISSN: 0748-1187
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Centre for Health Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Routledge - Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
Deposited On: 17 Dec 2009 04:05
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2017 14:42

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