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Hamit Sirri Keten, Derya Keten, Huseyin Ucer, Mustafa Cerit, Oguz Isik, Okkes Hakan Miniksar, Ozgur Ersoy
(Department of Family Medicine, Onikisubat Community Health Center, Kahramanmaras, Turkey)
Ann Transplant 2014; 19:598-603
In this study we aimed to determine knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of mosque imams regarding organ donation.
Material and Methods: This study involved 322 mosque imams working in Kahramanmaras, a city in the Mediterranean region of Turkey. A questionnaire was used to determine participants’ sociodemographic characteristics, knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors regarding organ donation.
Results: Out of a total of 322 participants, 253 (78.6%) stated that organ donation is allowed in Islam, while 5 (1.6%) expressed that it is religiously forbidden, and 64 (19.9%) stated that they have no idea about the issue. Only 2 (0.6%) participants were registered organ/tissue donors, wile 320 (99.4%) were not. Out of all participants, 72 (22.4%) imams were willing to donate organs. Forty-six (14.3%) imams had previously received basic training about organ donation, and 166 (51.6%) were willing to attend a related training. Television programs and healthcare professionals were the most common means of learning about organ donation. Educational programs by healthcare professionals for imams and the public were proposed to be effective in increasing the number of organ donations.
Conclusions: This study revealed that the knowledge of mosque imams regarding organ donation is poor and they had little willingness to donate their organs. Interestingly, many imams had no knowledge about organ donation under Islam. Collaboration of media, healthcare professionals, and mosque imams regarding organ donation might help increase organ donation.
Keywords: Knowledge, Religion, Tissue and Organ Procurement