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International Journal of Nursing Education and Research
Year : 2021, Volume : 9, Issue : 1
First page : ( 33) Last page : ( 36)
Print ISSN : 2347-8640. Online ISSN : 2454-2660.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2454-2660.2021.00008.9

Knowledge of general population regarding organ donation in a selected rural community of Ernakulam District

Kachappillil Anu Jacob1,*, Ms. Thankachan Anjaly2, Ms. George Annie K.2, Ms. Mathew Betty2

1Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Surgical Nursing, MOSC College of Nursing, Kolenchery, Ernakulam, Kerala

22nd Year Post Basic BSc Nursing Students, MOSC College of Nursing, Kolenchery, Ernakulam, Kerala

*Corresponding Author E-mail: a.blossoms@gmail.com

Online published on 27 April, 2021.

Abstract

Aim

A descriptive study was conducted to assess the Knowledge of general population regarding organ donation in a selected rural community of Ernakulam district.

Background

Organ donation is a noble act that can save lives. Organ donation is important for society and for the individuals who need it, as it provides a life-giving, life-enhancing opportunity to those who are at the end of the line for hope. There are various myths and fears associated with organ donation. A survey conducted in India found that every year, 500,000 people die because of non-availability of organs. Transplantations of organs have been one of the most important achievements of modern medicine1.

Methods

Adescriptive analytical survey was conducted among 100 people aged 18 years and above, residing in a rural community of Ernakulam district. Structured knowledge questionnaire was used to assess the knowledge of general population regarding organ donation. Non probability quota sampling technique was used for sample selection. An information leaflet on organ donation was distributed to the participants at the end of data collection in order to increase their awareness.

Results

The present study concluded that among the 100 subjects, 55% had average knowledge, 38% had good knowledge and only 7% had poor knowledge regarding organ donation. There was a significant association between the level of knowledge of general population regarding organ donation with demographic variables such as age, marital status, religion and education at P<0.05 level of significance.

Conclusion

The findings of the present study highlight that majority of the participants had adequate knowledge regarding organ donation.

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Keywords

General population, Knowledge, Organ donation, Structured knowledge questionnaire, Rural community.

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