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09 June 2016 : Original article  

Motivations for Deceased Organ Donation Among Volunteers in China: A Qualitative Research Study

Zhike YinBCE, Shan LiuF, Jin YanEF, Jia LiuAC

DOI: 10.12659/AOT.896708

Ann Transplant 2016; 21:360-367

Abstract

BACKGROUND: To align with guiding principles on human organ and tissue transplantation published by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) launched a new nationwide organ donation program in 2010 to recruit organ donation volunteers. Despite severe shortage of donated organs, there is a very low rate of volunteering for organ donation among the Chinese population (only 0.03 donors per million population) in the national program. Motivating organ donation is the key to the success of organ transplantation in China.

MATERIAL AND METHODS: Semi-structured 45- to 60-min interviews were conducted among 34 volunteers. Data analysis was performed with Nvivo 8.0 software.

RESULTS: Six motivations for organ donation were identified: helping others/altruism, fulfilling long-cherished wishes, reducing the burdens, making the best use of everything, giving back to society, and life extension. Factors affecting the motivation of organ donation among volunteers in China included traditional values, personal experiences, role model effect, family support, and problems in the donation system. Possible strategies to improve organ donation included fostering a scientific concept of the body and death, focusing donation promotion efforts on certain groups, and simplifying the process of organ donation.

CONCLUSIONS: There are multiple reasons for Chinese people to register for organ donation, with helping others as the central motivation.

Keywords: Motivation, Organ Transplantation, Qualitative Research

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