COMPARATIVE STUDY
JOURNAL ARTICLE
MULTICENTER STUDY

The difference in the attitude of Chinese and Japanese college students regarding deceased organ donation

S Liu, C Liu, X Cao, B Shang, A Chen, B Liu
Transplantation Proceedings 2013, 45 (6): 2098-101
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BACKGROUND: Under the influence of traditional oriental culture, the lack of organ donation is especially serious in China and Japan. The aim of this study was to compare Chinese and Japanese college students' attitudes and analyze contributing factors toward deceased donation.

METHODS: An anonymous, self-administered questionnaire comprising 15 questions was distributed to approximately 400 college students at Liaoning University, China, and Kyushu University, Japan. Statistical analysis used SPSS software.

RESULTS: Japanese students' attitude towards deceased organ donation was more favorable than that of Chinese students (43.6% versus 35.9%, P = .001). Several factors contributed to positive responses by students from both countries: family perspective on organ donation and transplantation; decision to donate to family members; prior blood donation; living liver or kidney donation; possibility of needing a transplant; and willingness to receive a deceased or a living donor organ.

CONCLUSIONS: More efforts must emphasize awareness and up-to-date knowledge regarding organ donation among citizens and should be undertaken by the Chinese and Japanese governments.

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