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Qual Health Res. 2005 Jan;15(1):82-98.

Chinese Canadian beliefs toward organ donation.

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  • 1University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.


The authors' purpose in this study is to explore the values and beliefs regarding organ donation of Chinese Canadians. Data collection involved individual interviews (n = 15) and focus groups. The major organizing categories were the importance of context, and values and beliefs. The context included little knowledge about donation and possible influence of spiritual or cultural values. Lack of communication and the need to preserve an intact body were themes that emerged in relation to death and dying. In relation to organ donation, most participants thought it was "a noble deed," but fears about organ donation were similar to those reported in other studies. It is important to note the considerable diversity in beliefs among these participants.

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