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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 National Survey report (PDF - 2 MB)

Report on Research projects supported by the Social and Behavioral Interventions to Increase Organ Donation Grant Programs, 1999-2004

This report provides a summary of information gleaned from DoT grant projects funded in fiscal years 1999, 2000, and 2001, which submitted final reports by December, 2005 and contained sufficient evaluation procedures that the level of success of the program could be assessed. Also integrated into the report is solid preliminary data from ongoing reports where available.

View and download the Report on the DoT Grant Program > (PDF - 161 KB)

Promoting Organ Donation through Public Education Campaigns: A Random-Effects Meta-Analysis

This report reviews published studies, convention papers and unpublished grant reports to estimate the combined effect of public education campaigns on individuals' attitudes and behaviors toward organ donation. Outcome measures of effect included signing rates, discussion about donation, and attitudes toward donation.

View and download the report on Promoting Organ Donation through Public Education Campaigns > (PDF - 122 KB)

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