Background. Registration rates are low for organ donation among lower educated adolescents in The Netherlands. This could be improved by preparing them for making a decision regarding donation when they become 18 years old. To do so, more insight is needed into their beliefs about organ donation and registration.
Methods. A cross-sectional quantitative study was conducted among students in intermediate vocational education schools. Data were gathered my means of self-administrated questionnaires. The outcome measurements included current registration status, being an organ donor, intention to register, and intention to become a donor. Correlation coefficients were used to assess the strength of associations between beliefs and each of the 4 outcome measurements.
Results. A total of 405 participants (mean age, 18.86 years) were included, of whom 26.6% had already registered a decision. Most beliefs showed a significant correlation with one or more of the outcomes. In general, the correlations were of small to medium size and participants scored around the middle of the scales on the beliefs.
Conclusion. Means and correlations need to be combined to gain insight into the importance of certain beliefs for future interventions. However, it is plausible that, in addition to these explicit beliefs, implicit factors play a role in registration behavior. This could be explored in future research. Results could support intervention development for increasing registration rates.
|Number of pages||13|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 2018|
- BLACK-AFRICAN POPULATION
- TISSUE DONATION