Foreigners traveling to the U.S. for transplantation may adversely affect organ donation: a national survey.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The aims of this study were (1) to determine attitudes among the American public regarding foreigners coming to the United States for the purposes of transplantation, and (2) to investigate the impact this practice might have on the public's willingness to donate organs. A probability-based national sample of adults age > or =18 was asked whether people should be allowed to travel to the United States to receive a transplant, and whether this practice would discourage the respondents from becoming an organ donor. Among 1049 participants, 30% (95% CI 25-34%) felt that people should not be allowed to travel to the United States to receive a deceased donor transplant, whereas 28% felt this would be acceptable in some cases. Thirty-eight percent (95% CI 33-42%) indicated that this practice might prevent them from becoming an organ donor. In conclusion, deceased-donor transplantation of foreigners is opposed by many Americans. Media coverage of this practice has the potential to adversely affect organ donation.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Volk, ML; Warren, GJW; Anspach, RR; Couper, MP; Merion, RM; Ubel, PA

Published Date

  • June 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 10 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 1468 - 1472

PubMed ID

  • 20486916

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1600-6143

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1600-6135

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1600-6143.2010.03111.x


  • eng