Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Doctors More Willing Than General Public to Donate Organs


TUESDAY, July 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors are almost twice as likely to sign up as organ donors as the general public, a new study finds.

Researchers looked at more than 15,000 doctors in the Canadian province of Ontario and more than 10 million people in the province, and found that nearly 43 percent of the doctors had agreed to donate their organs after they died, compared with about 24 percent of the general public.

Doctors most likely to register as organ donors were younger and female, according to the study in the July 16 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Among those who were registered as organ donors, 11.7 percent of doctors and 16.8 percent of the general public excluded at least one organ or tissue from donation.

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  • Further research is needed to determine if doctors in other nations are also more likely than people in the general population to register as organ donors, researcher Alvin Ho-ting Li, of Western University in London, Ontario, and colleagues, said.

    They noted that in most countries with an organ donor registry, less than 40 percent of people are signed up.

    "One common fear is that physicians will not take all measures to save the life of a registered citizen at a time of illness. Showing that many physicians are registered for organ donation themselves could help dispel this myth. Although most physicians in surveys support organ donation, whether they are actually registered remains unknown," the researchers wrote.

    More information

    The U.S. National Library of Medicine has more about organ donation.


    -- Robert Preidt

    SOURCE: Journal of the American Medical Association, news release, July 15, 2014

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