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Transplant professionals' attitudes toward facial transplantation in the United Kingdom

Clarke, A; Murphy, F; White, P; Brough, V; Renshaw, A; Butler, PE; (2007) Transplant professionals' attitudes toward facial transplantation in the United Kingdom. Prog.Transplant , 17 (3) 228 - 233.

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: In November 2005, the world's first partial facial transplantation positioned this treatment at the forefront in the development of facial reconstructive techniques. OBJECTIVE: Because the procedure is dependent on donation of facial tissue, we sought to understand the attitudes and beliefs of the general public and transplant professionals toward this treatment. METHODS: This research reports the results of a survey of 170 transplant professionals sampled by means of a questionnaire generated by a focus group of transplant coordinators. RESULTS: We found a high level of support for facial transplantation, with 76% of respondents in favor and none opposed to the procedure in principle. There was a significant association between knowing someone with a disfiguring condition and being in favor of facial transplantation. Areas of concern to this group can be summarized as factors that affect organ retrieval and the impact on the retrieval team and the donor family. CONCLUSIONS: Consistency in ranking of item importance provides the basis for development of relevant education materials, team liaison, and care pathways. These findings also validate the use of focus groups in sampling issues of concern to relevant groups as facial transplantation takes its place as a reconstructive option

Type:Article
Title:Transplant professionals' attitudes toward facial transplantation in the United Kingdom
Additional information:DA - 20071019IS - 1526-9248 (Print)LA - engPT - Journal ArticleSB - N
Keywords:facial transplantation, adverse effects, Attitude of Health Personnel, Attitude to Health, Body Image, Cost of Illness, Critical Pathways, education, Facial Transplantation, Family, Focus Groups, Great Britain, Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice, Humans, London, methods, Needs Assessment, Nursing Methodology Research, Patient Care Team, Patient Selection, psychology, Qualitative Research, Questionnaires, Semantics, Social Support, surgery, Tissue and Organ Procurement, transplantation, trends
UCL classification:UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Surgery and Interventional Science (Division of)

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