Conference Proceeding

Knowledge and attitudes towards organ donation among adults population in Al-Kharj, Saudi Arabia

Saud Yaseen Bin Saleem,
Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz University, Riyadh , Saudi Arabia

Introduction: Organ transplantation is a life saving treatment for patients with end-stage organ failure. Despite the advanced medical science and technology, shortage of organs had led to a growing gap between the demand for organs and the number of donors. With a limited number of studies on the subject and based on those findings , the public knowledge and attitudes must be assessed to understand more clearly that why many people are opposing donating their organs in Saudi Arabia.
Objectives: To assess the knowledge and attitude of the adult population towards organ donation in Saudi Arabia.
Methodology: The is a hospital -based cross-sectional study where the information would be collected using a self-administered questionnaire in Al-Kharj, Saudi Arabia. The questionnaire has been distributed in both King Khaled Hospital and Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz University Hospital (PSAUH) and data gathered analyzed by Social Sciences (SPSS).
Results: Total of 403 respondents. (35.6%) did not have the knowledge that organ donation is legal in KSA. 97% did not know where to go if they want to become donors .All of who were willing to donate, the most common reason was to save someone’s life (92.7%).Body distortion (39%) and fear of health complications (35%) were the most common causes people opposed donation.
Conclusion: Public lectures should be held on regular basis. To increase the awareness for organ donation, the important role of health workers and hospital displays should be immediately addressed. Information regarding organ donation should be incorporated with clear messages in various mass media.

Published: 28 April 2017