Prejudice and Fear as Influences in Relation to a Successful Organ Donation – Experiences of Immigrants Living in Sweden

Authors

  • Ferid Krupic Department of Anesthesiology, Institute of Clinical Sciences, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden; Department of Orthopaedics, Institute of Clinical Sciences, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden; Sahlgrenska University Hospital/Östra, Diagnosv. Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Melissa Krupic Sahlgrenska University Hospital/Östra, Diagnosv. Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Jelena Kovacevic-Prstojevic Clinic of Urology, University Clinical Center Sarajevo, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Svemir Custovic Clinic for Orthopaedics and Traumatology, University Clinical Centre Tuzla, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Lutvo Sporisevic Public Institution Health Centre of Sarajevo Canton, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Parvaneh Lindström Sahlgrenska University Hospital/Östra, Diagnosv. Gothenburg, Sweden

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.5644/ama2006-124.432

Keywords:

Prejudice, Fear, Influence, Immigrants, Organ Donation

Abstract

Objectives. The purpose of this study was to determine whether fear and prejudice in relation to organ donation and the transplantation of organs may influence the decision to become an organ donor.

Materials and Methods. Data were collected through four group interviews using open-ended questions and qualitative content analysis. Forty participants, 16 males and 24 females from seven countries, participated in the focus group interviews.

Results. The analysis resulted in three main categories, and nine subcategories. Fears and prejudice caused by tradition and customs, approval of organ donation by family members, perception of the body as a gift from parents, the influence of religious leaders, knowledge about the religious understanding of organ donation, influence of social ambience on respondents, knowledge of the donation process in the healthcare system, including knowing about life after eventual organ donation, were some of predictors in the decision to agree to organ donation.

Conclusion. More education on the factors that influence organ donation, more information in schools, health institutions and through the media, as well as more research with the aim of “dispelling” fears and prejudice about organ donation would significantly improve the current situation and result in a larger number of potential organ donors.

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Published

2024-04-29

How to Cite

Krupic, F., Krupic, M., Kovacevic-Prstojevic, J., Custovic, S., Sporisevic, L., & Lindström, P. (2024). Prejudice and Fear as Influences in Relation to a Successful Organ Donation – Experiences of Immigrants Living in Sweden. Acta Medica Academica. https://doi.org/10.5644/ama2006-124.432

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Clinical Medicine