Awareness and Willingness on Organ Donation among Undergraduate Students of Pokhara University
Introduction: Organ donation is possible only when a person allows his/her own organ to be removed and transplanted to another person legally with a consent. People’s attitude toward organ donation can be influenced by various factors such as awareness related to organ donation, level of education, and religion. This study aims to assess the awareness and willingness on organ donation and identify the correlation between awareness and willingness on organ donation.
Methods: A cross-sectional descriptive research design was used for the study. Non-probability purposive sampling technique was used among 342 respondents. Structured self-administered questionnaire was used to collect data. Pearson correlation coefficient (r) was used to find out the relation between the variables i.e. awareness and willingness.
Results: In this study, 57.1% of the respondents had poor level of awareness whereas 32.7% respondents had satisfactory awareness and 10.2% had good level of awareness on organ donation. Regarding willingness on organ donation, 45.0% respondents showed willingness on organ donation and 55.0% showed no willingness on organ donation. There was low degree positive correlation (r=0.127) between awareness and willingness of the respondents on organ donation.
Conclusion: The findings of the current research study concluded that more than half of the respondents had poor level of awareness and majority of respondents showed no willingness on organ donation. There is low degree of correlation between awareness and willingness of the respondents.