Will “opt out” implementation save more lives; view of the South Asians’ in the UK

Pradeep, A, Shah, S, Ormandy, P ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6951-972X, Augustine, T and Whitling, M 2020, 'Will “opt out” implementation save more lives; view of the South Asians’ in the UK' , International Journal of Surgery and Invasive Procedures (IJSIP), 3 (3) , pp. 146-153.

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Abstract

Organ transplantation is the gold standard treatment of choice for many patients with organ failure and has undoubtedly improved both the quality and longevity of life for the majority of patients. The success of human organ transplantation relies on the willingness of the public to donate their organs, either during their lifetime or after death. In the United Kingdom (UK), transplantation is limited by a shortage of donated organs, especially in the South Asian community. This leads to a disproportionate number of Asians waiting for transplants longer than the average waiting time, as often, most suitable matches are found between people of the same ethnic group. This disparity costs lives, and many who are waiting count down their days on the list and lead an agonizing life due to the scarcity of matching organ donors. This article is derived from a two phased study that sought to explore possible methods to increase the number of registered organ donors and cadaver organ retrieval in the South Asian community in the North West of England. A total of 907 participants completed the questionnaire and 10 semi structured interviews with individuals who declined to join the organ donor register were undertaken to understand the in-depth details of their negative attitude towards organ donation. This paper reflects on one of the focus areas of the study - the views of South Asians on the implementation of an opt-out system in the UK and to understand if the community will challenge or support such a donor recruitment method. This study was funded by the British Renal Society and supported by the Central Manchester Foundation Trust, University of Salford and National Health Service Blood and Transplant (NHSBT). Keywords: South Asian, Knowledge, Survey, Organ donation, Opt out, Opt in, Religion

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Surgery and Invasive Procedures (IJSIP)
Publisher: Sci Tech
ISSN: 2640-0820
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Depositing User: Professor Paula Ormandy
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2020 10:28
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2020 10:30
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/58381

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