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School education to increase organ donation and awareness of issues in transplantation in the UK

Lookup NU author(s): Matt Byrne, Dr Jasper Mogg, Emily Thompson


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© 2019 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.Background: Over 6000 people are on the United Kingdom organ transplant waiting list, and approximately three people die each day due to a lack of donors. Social deprivation status has been shown to affect registration. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of school level education at increasing awareness of the issues surrounding organ donation and organ donor registration, and the effect of socioeconomic deprivation and age has on these outcomes. Methods: A 15-minute presentation about organ donation and the issues in transplantation was given to secondary school students from the United Kingdom. An optional questionnaire was then distributed. Results: 1155 paper questionnaires were completed from nine schools. The average age was 15.5 (SD = 0.5) years. Before the presentation, 10% of students were on the ODR. Following the presentation, the number of students who were on the ODR or planned to join significantly increased to 56%, independent of age (P < 0.0001). Similarly, there was a significant increase in Likert scores for awareness of the issues in transplantation, independent of age (P < 0.0001). Conclusions: This early educational presentation significantly increased awareness of the issues in transplantation and planned organ donor registration, independent of age and deprivation.

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Author(s): Byrne M, Stainer B, Symington M, Leighton J, Jackson H, Singhal N, Patel S, Shiel-Rankin S, Mayes J, Mogg J, Bonham T, Smit A, Deutsch E, Thompson E, Wilson C

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Pediatric Transplantation

Year: 2019

Volume: 23

Issue: 5

Print publication date: 30/07/2019

Online publication date: 03/06/2019

Acceptance date: 12/04/2019

ISSN (print): 1397-3142

ISSN (electronic): 1399-3046

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell


DOI: 10.1111/petr.13492

PubMed id: 31157497


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