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Title: Awareness and attitudes toward corneal donation among applicants and staff of a driver, vehicle and licensing authority (DVLA) in Ghana
Authors: Lartey, Seth
Antwi-Adjei, Ellen K.
Agyapong, Solomon
Mohammed, Abdul-Kabir
Mensah, Derrick N. O.
Genego, Edward S.
Keywords: Knowledge
Willingness
Unwillingness
Cornea
DVLA
Issue Date: 1-Aug-2020
Publisher: Comparing Knowledge of Corneal and Organ Transplantation and Attitudes towards Corneal and Organ Donation among University Health Students in Kumasi -Ghana
Citation: Comparing Knowledge of Corneal and Organ Transplantation and Attitudes towards Corneal and Organ Donation among University Health Students in Kumasi -Ghana
Abstract: Background: Corneal transplantations are surgeries performed for irreparable corneal diseases and damage. However, there is a gap between the number of potential recipients and the number of donor corneas available. The main aim of the study was to determine the awareness and attitudes toward corneal donation among applicants and staff of DVLA, Kumasi-Ghana. Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted. One hundred participants were selected using convenient sampling method. A structured questionnaire was used to elicit responses from participants concerning awareness and attitudes toward corneal transplant. Results: The mean ± SD age of the participants was 32.05 ± 11.48 years and age range, 18-67 years. Males were 66% whilst females constituted 34%. 32.7% of the participants were aware of corneal donation. Majority of the participants were Christians (83.1%) and Singles (63%). Television was the source of information with the highest preponderance (49.4%). 67.3% were willing to donate their corneas after death. 63.9% were willing to indicate their donor statuses on drivers’ license form which had a significant association with willingness to donate cornea after death (p < 0.05, x 2 = 12.187). Conclusion: There is a poor level of awareness (32.7%) of transplant and donation amongst the study population but a good level of willingness to donate organs (67%). Consent via driving license would seem to be a good potential mode of obtaining consent to supplement the harvesting of adequate tissues for transplant if adequate awareness is created.
Description: This article is published in Comparing Knowledge of Corneal and Organ Transplantation and Attitudes towards Corneal and Organ Donation among University Health Students in Kumasi -Ghana and is available at https://doi.org/10.1186/s12886-019-1231-x
URI: 10.1186/s12886-019-1231-x
http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/13030
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