Knowledge, Attitudes and Perception of Voluntary and Replacement Blood Donors regarding Organ Donation

Abstract:
Objective: The objective of this study was to determine the knowledge, attitude and perception about organ donation among blood donors in Dakshin Kannada district of Karnataka State, India. Methods: A cross sectional study was conducted at blood donation camps and at blood banks where a total of 330 blood donors (both voluntary and replacement donors) were interviewed with the help of structured questionnaire. Data was entered into Microsoft excel sheet and analyzed. The statistical tests used were descriptive statistics like frequency and percentages. Results: 54.24% of donors were young adults, belonged to the age group of 26-40 years. Donors were predominantly male (79.09%). All the study subjects were of the opinion that pledging of organs is a noble act, with a majority (88.48%) expressing a desire to pledge their body organs after death. Conclusion: Interactive awareness sessions on organ donation should be organized at blood donation camps and at social events to provide proper information regarding body donation after death and the legal procedures involved so that it can aid in
modern medical care.
Keywords: Blood donation, Organ donation, brain death, altruism.