A profile of Australian adults who have discussed their posthumous organ donation wishes with family members

Newton, Joshua D, Burney, Sue, Hay, Margaret and Ewing, Michael T 2010, A profile of Australian adults who have discussed their posthumous organ donation wishes with family members, Journal of health communication, vol. 15, no. 5, pp. 470-486, doi: 10.1080/10810730.2010.492559.

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Title A profile of Australian adults who have discussed their posthumous organ donation wishes with family members
Author(s) Newton, Joshua D
Burney, Sue
Hay, Margaret
Ewing, Michael TORCID iD for Ewing, Michael T orcid.org/0000-0002-2260-2761
Journal name Journal of health communication
Volume number 15
Issue number 5
Start page 470
End page 486
Total pages 17
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2010
ISSN 1081-0730
Keyword(s) Australian adults
Organ donation
Summary Next of kin who are aware of the deceased's organ donation wishes usually will honor those wishes, while next of kin who are unaware of these wishes typically withhold consent for posthumous donation. Encouraging individuals to communicate or register their organ donation wishes is therefore important. Using a sample of 409 participants, the current study sought to develop a profile of Australian adults who had communicated their organ donation wishes to family members. Christian participants and those who had a higher income were more likely to have communicated their donation wishes. Conversely, participants were less likely to have communicated their donation wishes if they were unregistered and undecided/opposed to organ donation, unregistered but willing to donate, or fearful of death. Finally, whether participants had communicated, registered, or communicated and registered their donation wishes was associated with their age, religion, attitude toward organ donation, and recall of media content about organ donation. Messages encouraging the communication of organ donation wishes to family members should therefore be targeted toward those individuals who are most likely to be receptive toward enacting this behavior.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/10810730.2010.492559
Field of Research 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2010, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30062368

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