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Article: Attitudes, knowledge, and actions with regard to organ donation among Hong Kong medical students

TitleAttitudes, knowledge, and actions with regard to organ donation among Hong Kong medical students
Authors
KeywordsAttitude of health personnel
Living donors
Organ transplantation
Students, medical
Issue Date2008
PublisherHong Kong Medical Association. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.hkmj.org/
Citation
Hong Kong Medical Journal, 2008, v. 14 n. 4, p. 278-285 How to Cite?
AbstractObjective: To study attitudes, knowledge, and actions of local medical students with regard to organ donation and self-perceived confidence and competence in approaching potential organ donors. Design: Cross-sectional questionnaire survey. Setting: Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. Participants: Medical students, years 1-5. Main outcome measures: Knowledge on various aspects of organ donation was assessed, and students' self-evaluated competence and confidence about counselling for organ donation was evaluated. Factors influencing attitudes and actions were determined. Results: The response rate was 94% (655/694). A majority (85%) had a 'positive' attitude, but only a small proportion (23%) had signed the organ donation card. Inconvenience and lack of knowledge about organ donor registration, and concerns about premature termination of medical treatment accounted for such discrepancies. Socio-cultural factors such as the traditional Chinese belief in preservation of an intact body after death, unease discussing death-related issues, and family objections to organ donation were significantly associated with a 'negative' attitude. Knowledge and action increased with medical education yet only a small proportion of medical students felt competent and confident in counselling patients on organ donation. Conclusions: The medical curriculum should increase medical students' awareness of the organ shortage problem. The donor registration system should be made more convenient and public education is recommended to correct misconceptions.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/59493
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2015 Impact Factor: 0.887
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.279
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dc.contributor.authorChung, CKYen_HK
dc.contributor.authorNg, CWKen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLi, JYCen_HK
dc.contributor.authorSum, KCYen_HK
dc.contributor.authorMan, AHYen_HK
dc.contributor.authorChan, SPCen_HK
dc.contributor.authorCheung, JYMen_HK
dc.contributor.authorYu, KPTen_HK
dc.contributor.authorTang, BYHen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLee, PPWen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-05-31T03:51:23Z-
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dc.date.issued2008en_HK
dc.identifier.citationHong Kong Medical Journal, 2008, v. 14 n. 4, p. 278-285en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1024-2708en_HK
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dc.description.abstractObjective: To study attitudes, knowledge, and actions of local medical students with regard to organ donation and self-perceived confidence and competence in approaching potential organ donors. Design: Cross-sectional questionnaire survey. Setting: Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. Participants: Medical students, years 1-5. Main outcome measures: Knowledge on various aspects of organ donation was assessed, and students' self-evaluated competence and confidence about counselling for organ donation was evaluated. Factors influencing attitudes and actions were determined. Results: The response rate was 94% (655/694). A majority (85%) had a 'positive' attitude, but only a small proportion (23%) had signed the organ donation card. Inconvenience and lack of knowledge about organ donor registration, and concerns about premature termination of medical treatment accounted for such discrepancies. Socio-cultural factors such as the traditional Chinese belief in preservation of an intact body after death, unease discussing death-related issues, and family objections to organ donation were significantly associated with a 'negative' attitude. Knowledge and action increased with medical education yet only a small proportion of medical students felt competent and confident in counselling patients on organ donation. Conclusions: The medical curriculum should increase medical students' awareness of the organ shortage problem. The donor registration system should be made more convenient and public education is recommended to correct misconceptions.en_HK
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dc.rightsHong Kong Medical Journal. Copyright © Hong Kong Medical Association.en_HK
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subjectAttitude of health personnelen_HK
dc.subjectLiving donorsen_HK
dc.subjectOrgan transplantationen_HK
dc.subjectStudents, medicalen_HK
dc.titleAttitudes, knowledge, and actions with regard to organ donation among Hong Kong medical studentsen_HK
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