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Am J Public Health. 1999 Feb;89(2):244-7.

The influence of race on approaching families for organ donation and their decision to donate.

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Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02115-5899, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This study examined whether patients' race was associated with their families' being approached for organ donation and agreeing to donation.

METHODS:

Logistic regression models were applied to data collected from records at 112 hospitals.

RESULTS:

The odds that a family of a White patient was approached for donation were nearly twice those for a family of an African American. The odds of donation also differed by race, but the magnitude varied by patient and hospital characteristics.

CONCLUSIONS:

Much attention directed toward racial disparity in donation has focused on attitudes of the public. The behavior of hospital staff also may be related to differences in rates.

PMID:
9949758
PMCID:
PMC1508526
DOI:
10.2105/ajph.89.2.244
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

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