A Descriptive Study to Assess the Knowledge Regarding Organ Donation Among Health Personnel's Working In Selected Hospitals of Punjab |
Abstract currently the demand for transplant organs faroutstrips the supply in the UK.This problem is even more severe for the Asian population, who has been shownto be disproportionately over-represented on transplant waiting lists in someregions of the UK. Several commentators have suggested that religious andcultural traditions may be the major determinant preventing Asians fromdonating organs. An exploratory qualitative study was undertaken with the aimof examining the influence of religious beliefs, amongst other things, on the|extent and direction of public attitudes towards organ donation in across-section of the Asian population in Luton. This study indicates that, in the populationstudied, culture and religion play a much less prohibitive part in determiningthe level of organ donation than previously suggested. However, there is adesire to be aware of the religious stances so that people can make a moreinformed decision. The emphasis should clearly been a reconsideration of thepresently inadequate approaches to organ procurement and on devising andsupplementing these with more appropriate ones. An example of the failure toinform effectively the relevant populations about important developments isthat only two of the 32 Muslims in the survey had heard of the Tatwa' by theMuslim Legislative Council permitting organ donation.