Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Limited research has been conducted over the beliefs affecting organ donation. The current literature that does exist offer conflicting results, especially concerning race and religion. A study at a university in the Midwest reported that there was a difference in support of organ donation between different races. This is the case throughout the literature. These factors leave organ procurement centers and society, in general, with little definitive information from which to draw conclusions. Without this valuable information, it may prove difficult to determine how to increase both awareness and donation rates. This study found that the major factors affecting a person's opinion on organ donation are prior education on organ donation, and personal knowledge of both an after-death organ donor and a donor recipient. While no significant differences were found between religion denominations, a difference was found in the degree of religiousness a person believed him or herself to be.
Brunhoeber, Sarah M., "THE EFFECTIVE VARIABLE ON BELIEFS ABOUT ORGAN DONATION" (2000). Electronic Thesis Collection. 202.