Promoting organ donation among high school students: An educational intervention

P. Anantachoti, C. R. Gross, S. Gunderson

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Objective - To evaluate the impact of a high school education program to promote organ donation awareness. The primary outcomes were intention to discuss organ donation with family or friends and actual discussion behavior. Design - Longitudinal, observational study. Methods - 665 high school students filled out evaluations at the beginning and at the end of a 1-hour education program. One month later, the students were asked to report whether they had discussed donation. Results - After the program, knowledge and attitude scores and the proportion of students who intended to discuss donation increased (P < .05). At 1-month follow-up, 48% of students reported actual discussion. Intention has a strong, positive relationship with discussion behavior (odds ratio, 8.27; 95% CI, 3.18-21.51). Ethnicity, sex, and attitude of the students were also predictors of donation discussion behavior. Conclusions - This program appears to be effective in prompting discussion of organ donation among high school students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)201-207
Number of pages7
JournalProgress in Transplantation
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2001

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