Do the myths still exist? Revisiting people’s negative beliefs about organ donation upon death

Hyde, Melissa K., Wihardjo, Kylie R, & White, Katherine M. (2012) Do the myths still exist? Revisiting people’s negative beliefs about organ donation upon death. Psychology, Health and Medicine, 17(5), pp. 530-541.

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The prevalence of myths preventing people partial to donation in Australia from consenting is unknown. Respondents (N = 468: 381 donors, 26 non-donors, 61 undecided) were surveyed about their (negative) donation beliefs. Approximately 30% of donors were neutral or supported negative beliefs about organ allocation, especially donation to undesirable organ recipients and a black market organ trade. Confusion about brain death, lack of family and religious support, and discomfort with donation were negative beliefs endorsed by some respondents irrespective of donor preference. Proportionally, donors had greater trust in hospitals/doctors than other groups. Some myths still exist but may vary with donation preference.

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ID Code: 51043
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: organ donation upon death, attitudes, beliefs
DOI: 10.1080/13548506.2011.647698
ISSN: 1465-3966
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: This is a preprint of an article submitted for consideration in the [Psychology, Health and Medicine] © [2012] [copyright Taylor & Francis]; [Psychology, Health and Medicine] is available online at:
Deposited On: 25 Jun 2012 22:59
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