Public attitudes toward organ donation. A survey in a Turkish community

Transpl Int. 1991 Dec;4(4):243-5. doi: 10.1007/BF00649112.


A survey of public attitudes toward organ donation and transplantation was conducted in a Turkish community. The 1030 subjects were chosen using a random, stratified method. Some 50.5% of those interviewed were willing to donate their organs while 33.7% refused and 15.8% were uncertain. A total of 53.6% said they would consent to donate a deceased relative's organs. Reasons for refusal to donate organs were as follows: fear that their body would be cut into pieces (43.8%), religious beliefs (26.2%), no reason (23.1%) and the belief that they would need their body and organs for their second life (6.9%). Attitudes toward organ donation were clearly related to level of education, age, sex, and socioeconomic status.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Data Collection
  • Educational Status
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Information Dissemination
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Organ Transplantation
  • Public Opinion*
  • Religion and Medicine
  • Social Class
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Tissue Donors*
  • Tissue and Organ Procurement*
  • Turkey