Tissue donation and the attitudes of health care professionals

Kent, Bridie 2007, Tissue donation and the attitudes of health care professionals. In Sque, Magi and Payne, Sheila (ed), Organ and tissue donation : an evidence base for practice, Open University Press, Maidenhead, England, pp.102-121.

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Title Tissue donation and the attitudes of health care professionals
Author(s) Kent, Bridie
Title of book Organ and tissue donation : an evidence base for practice
Editor(s) Sque, Magi
Payne, Sheila
Publication date 2007
Chapter number 6
Total chapters 10
Start page 102
End page 121
Total pages 20
Publisher Open University Press
Place of Publication Maidenhead, England
Summary Since the first corneal transplant in 1905, improved surgical techniques and the development of immunosuppressive drugs have led to excellent success rates for organ and tissue transplantation procedures. This Chapter ,"'ill focus on the cadaveric donation of tissue and the attitudes towards it of health professionals, because they are key players in the donation- transplantation process.

The chapter begins with an overview of cadaveric tissue donation, including what can currently be transplanted. It will then present what is known about health professionals' attitudes to and knowledge of tissue donation and the impact that these have on donation rates. Attitudes, their components and their effect upon behaviour are explored using theories arising from social psychology to explain how these influence actual or intended behaviours associated with the discussion of donation wishes with relatives of the potential donor. Since some tissues, such as blood and bone marrow, can only normally be donated during life, these will be excluded since the behaviours associated with blood donation differ significantly from those associated with cadaveric tissue donation.
ISBN 0335216935
Language eng
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category B1.1 Book chapter
Copyright notice ©2007, Open University Press
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