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A model for structuring the donor discussion in emergent transplant procedures

Clarke, A; Malloy, J; White, P; Simmons, J; Gwanmesia, I; Withey, S; Butler, PE; (2008) A model for structuring the donor discussion in emergent transplant procedures. Prog.Transplant , 18 (3) 157 - 161.

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OBJECTIVE: To investigate the potential for maximizing organ and tissue donation by identifying an empirical basis for structuring donor discussions. DESIGN: Intentions to donate organs and tissues were recorded in 2 separate samples of participants and analyzed separately by using Guttman scaling, the second sample providing a replication of the findings from the first. PARTICIPANTS: 304 participants were recruited from the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2004, and 200 health professionals were recruited from the Royal Free Hospital. RESULTD: High coefficients of scalability and reproducibility in both samples indicate a one-dimensional scale for intentions to donate organs and tissues, with solid organs more likely to be donated than corneal, hand, and facial tissue. Thus donor discussions can be structured in a robust order, with the potential for reliable use of cutoff points once donation of a particular organ or tissue has been refused. CONCLUSIONS: This reliable pattern can be used to maximize organ and tissue donation rates and to underpin emergent transplant techniques

Type: Article
Title: A model for structuring the donor discussion in emergent transplant procedures
Additional information: DA - 20081003IS - 1526-9248 (Print)LA - engPT - Evaluation StudiesPT - Journal ArticleSB - N
Keywords: Adolescent, Adult, Aged, Attitude to Health, Factor Analysis, Statistical, Female, Great Britain, Humans, Intention, Male, Middle Aged, Psychometrics, Questionnaires, Reproducibility of Results, Tissue Donors, Tissue and Organ Procurement
UCL classification: UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Surgery and Interventional Science (Division of)
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/175137
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