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Rev Med Inst Mex Seguro Soc. 2016 Nov-Dec;54(6):706-712.

[Brain death: attitude and knowledge of medical personnel in a third level hospital].

[Article in Spanish; Abstract available in Spanish from the publisher]

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Unidad de Cuidados Intensivos, Hospital de Especialidades, Centro Médico Nacional La Raza, Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social, Ciudad de México, México.


in English, Spanish


Brain death is defined as the irreversible loss of all functions of the brain, including the brainstem. The objective is to know the attitude and knowledge toward brain death of the medical personnel involved in the process of the organ/tissue transplantation and donation in a third level hospital of Mexico City.


67 attending physicians were interviewed with the methodology of pen, paper and a printed questionnaire. They were distributed in two groups: group A, consisting of non-surgical physicians, and group B, which was formed by surgical physicians. It was analyzed the attitude and knowledge of the criteria established in the Ley General de Salud (General Law of Health) of Mexico. Thirty-five men and 32 women (median age 42 years) responded to the survey.


More than 90 % of both groups would wish to participate in a brain death course, and they would accept to be potential donors or receptors of transplanted organs. A high percentage knows partially the law on brain death (Ley General de Salud) and clinical procedures. Of the interviewed population, 68 % does not know the standard complementary studies to confirm the diagnosis of brain death. Non-significant differences were observed in the attitude and knowledge of both groups (p = 0.170).


Physicians must improve their knowledge on brain death.


Brain death; Medical legislation; Mexico

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