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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 8  |  Page : 3084-3088

Awareness about brain death and attitude towards organ donation in a rural area of Haryana, India


1 Centre for Community Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, KCGMC, Karnal, Haryana, India
3 Ex Director, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
4 Hospital Administration (CNC), All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Puneet Misra
Centre for Community Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_2497_20

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Introduction: Awareness about brain death influences organ donation behaviour of community. There is huge gap in the demand and availability of organs in India. This study was carried out with the objective of assessing awareness about brain death and attitude towards organ donation in a rural community. Material and Methods: A community based cross-sectional study was carried out among 1050 adults in a rural area of district Faridabad, Haryana. Data were collected through a pre-tested interview schedule and analysed using SPSS v17. Results: 80% of the study participants had heard about organ donation. Among them, about 40% were aware of brain death. Majority of the study participants (71.5%) were willing to donate organ irrespective of circumstances. Totally, 94.6% participants had the perspective that special facility should be there for organ donors and their families. Awareness was significantly more among men and among those educated above primary level. Conclusion: Knowledge about brain death is crucial in convincing people into organ donation. Hence more efforts should be made to educate and make people aware about brain death and its implications for organ donation.


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