Attitudes of Swedes to marginal donors and xenotransplantation

J Med Ethics. 2003 Jun;29(3):186-92. doi: 10.1136/jme.29.3.186.


The aim of our survey was to capture the attitudes of Swedes to marginal donors and xenotransplantation. Modern biotechnology makes it possible to replace non-functioning organs, cells, and genes. Nonetheless, people may have reservations and fears about such treatments. With the survey, Attitudes of the General Public to Transplants, we have sought to expose the ambivalence that arises when medical possibilities are juxtaposed with ideas of risk. The design of the questionnaire originates from the interdisciplinary cooperation between ethnologists, medical scientists, and geneticists. By combining qualitative and quantitative methods, it is possible to illustrate the complexity that characterises people's view of modern biomedicine. People's reflections are based on a personal and situation bound morality, which does not necessarily coincide with what they generally consider as ethically justifiable.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Female
  • Genetic Therapy
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Morals
  • Research
  • Sex Factors
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Sweden
  • Tissue and Organ Procurement / ethics*
  • Transplantation, Heterologous / psychology*
  • Transplantation, Homologous / psychology