Donor research in Australia: Challenges and promise

Masser, Barbara, Smith, Geoffrey, & Williams, Lisa (2014) Donor research in Australia: Challenges and promise. Transfusion Medicine and Hemotherapy, 41(4), pp. 296-301.

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Donors are the key to the core business of Blood Collection Agencies (BCAs). However, historically, they have not been a focus of research undertaken by these organizations. This model is now changing, with significant donor research groups established in a number of countries, including Australia. Donor research in the Australian Red Cross Blood Service (Blood Service) is concentrated in the Donor and Community Research (DCR) team. Cognizant of the complex and ever-changing landscape with regard to optimal donor management, the DCR team collaborates with academics located at universities around Australia to coordinate a broad program of research that addresses both short- and-long term challenges to the blood supply. This type of collaboration is not, however, without challenges. Two major collaborative programs of the Blood Service's research, focusing on i) the recruitment and retention of plasmapheresis donors and ii) the role of the emotion pride in donor motivation and return, are showcased to elucidate how the challenges of conducting collaborative BCA research can be met. In so doing, these and the other research programs described herein demonstrate how the Blood Service supports and contributes to research that not only revises operational procedures but also contributes to advances in basic science.

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ID Code: 88603
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Donor research · Blood services · Collaborative research
DOI: 10.1159/000365016
ISSN: 1660-3796
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 S. Karger GmbH, Freiburg
Deposited On: 10 Nov 2015 22:47
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2015 22:47

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