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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.
Mensah, Derrick N. O.
Genego, Edward S.
|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|
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