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Cover of the 2019 National Survey of Organ Donation Attitudes and Practices

2019 National Survey of Organ Donation Attitudes and Practices

The 2019 National Survey of Organ Donation Attitudes and Practices is a nationally representative survey conducted to understand public opinion about organ donation and transplantation, and how those opinions have shifted over time. This survey was completed by 10,000 U.S. adults online or by phone. Key findings include:

  • Current support for organ donation
  • Whether they have signed up to be an organ donor and where
  • Discussion with family members about organ donation and their wish
  • Beliefs about organ donation and transplantation
  • Preference to have their organs allocated by medical urgency or locally
  • Sources of information on organ donation in the past year

View and download the 2019 National Survey report (PDF - 3 MB) 

Supplemental Tables 

  • Binary Response Tables (XLSX - 441 KB) – includes frequency tables with data bars/color coding in the 2019 National Survey report. 
  • Supplemental Tables (XLSX - 197 KB) – includes non-frequency tables in the 2019 National Survey report.
  • Full Response Tables (XLSX - 511 KB) – an additional excel table to supplement the 2019 National Survey report. These include proportions and confidence intervals for every response option for all 86 key questions, split by every demographic level. 

Key findings were also presented via webinar. Watch the recording , or access the webinar slides (PDF - 698 KB).

Note: Persons using assistive technology may not be able to fully access information in this PDF file. The accompanying Excel File provides equivalent information for the National Survey of Organ Donation Attitudes and Practices, 2019: Report of Findings. For assistance, please email donation@hrsa.gov or call 301-443-3300.

2012 National Survey of Organ Donation Attitudes and Behaviors

This document reports the results of a 2012 national survey of the American public’s attitudes and behaviors related to organ donation. Among the issues addressed by the survey were:

  • Willingness to donate organs;
  • Willingness to donate hands and face;
  • Having registered as an organ donor;
  • Attitudes toward financial incentives for organ donation; and
  • Whether would-be donors are more interested in having their organs transplanted locally or used for the most medically needy regardless of geographic location. 

Because many of the items in the 2012 survey instrument are identical to items used in a 2005 national survey, the analyses of these issues show change over time.

View and download the 2012 National Survey report (PDF - 2 MB)

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