Knowledge of general population regarding organ donation in a selected rural community of Ernakulam District
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A descriptive study was conducted to assess the Knowledge of general population regarding organ donation in a selected rural community of Ernakulam district.
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.
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.
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.
The findings of the present study highlight that majority of the participants had adequate knowledge regarding organ donation.
General population, Knowledge, Organ donation, Structured knowledge questionnaire, Rural community.