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Muslim Beliefs May Sway Attitudes Concerning Organ Donation - PsychCentral.com

Muslim Beliefs May Sway Attitudes Concerning Organ Donation - PsychCentral.com | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

This online report of research conducted in the United States concludes that muslim beliefs may sway attitudes of some members of the community when it comes to Organ Donation.

 

American Muslims who view negative events as punishment from God are more likely to think that organ donation is unethical.

 

This study highlights the complex interplay that exists between religious beliefs and community attitudes when it comes to decision making around organ donation.

 

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Important findings of relevance to healthcare professionals involved with organ donation

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How organ donation is getting nudge in the right direction in the United Kingdom - The Independent

How organ donation is getting nudge in the right direction in the United Kingdom - The Independent | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

This report via The Independent outlines how organ donation is getting a nudge in the right direction within the United Kingdom.

For years the NHS has grappled with the conundrum of how to increase the number of people on Britain's Organ Donor Register. Now the results of some interesting research has revealed what type of messaging is most likely to resonate with members of the community.

 

Postive messages which are appealling to individuals are more likely to work versus messages outlining the harsh realities of potential transplant recipients.

 

Examples of the questions that were asked for this research are outlined in the following article-

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2528726/Selfish-ploy-attract-100-000-new-organ-donors-year.html

 

An update of the results of this research were published online in March 2014-

http://tom.loosemore.com/2014/03/18/one-link-on-gov-uk-350000-more-organ-donors/

 

Deborah Verran's insight:

Effective messaging that is directed  to members of the community about organ donation, seems far more likely to lead to public engagement and hence the appropriate actions being taken

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A Brain Is Dead, a Heart Beats On

A Brain Is Dead, a Heart Beats On | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

A court was recently called to intervene after a California hospital pronounced a girl dead after complications from surgery, but her family insists that she is alive. The case has attracted both conventional media and social media discussion and comment as it has played out via repeated court proceedings and subsequent action.

 

For commentary via the New York Times click on the banner headline.

 

For an Intensive Care Unit nursing perspective on this case click on the following link posted via the Hastings Center-

http://www.thehastingscenter.org/Bioethicsforum/Post.aspx?id=6679&blogid=140

 

For commentary on the management of another case of a pregnant woman being cared for in a Texas hospital following also being declared brain dead click on the following link to a blog composed by a Paediatric Specialist-

http://www.carilionclinic.org/blogs/ackerman/another-side-brain-death?utm_source=buffer&utm_campaign=Buffer&utm_content=bufferc8257&utm_medium=twitter

 

Finally for the update on the outcome of the legal battle waged by the realtives of the youn girl pronounced dead in a Califronia hospital click on the following link-

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/girl-declared-brain-dead-moved-hospital

 

 

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The management of patients following a diagnosis of brain death continues to provide challenges within the United States.

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Bedfordshire professor authors new organ donation strategy in the United Kingdom

Bedfordshire professor authors new organ donation strategy in the United Kingdom | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Bedfordshire University's Professor of Diversity in Public Health, Gurch Randhawa, has authored a new action plan aimed at boosting organ donation rates among different religious communities in the United Kingdom.

 

For more on the story along with a downloadable summary of the strategy along with the response from NHSBT click on the banner headline.

 

For a story of how similar challenges in different ethnic communities are also being addressed and met in Australia click on the following link

 

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2013/12/13/overcoming-cultural-qualms-over-organ-donation

Deborah Verran's insight:

Delivering accurate information about organ donation to community members of differing religious affiliations and/or ethnic backgrounds is a challenge in many countries across the world. The challenge is being addressed by both professional organizations and healthcare professionals by establishing collaborative partnerships with both religious and community leaders.

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