Exploring the understanding and cultural beliefs surrounding organ donation amongst Black African Caribbean and Asian populations affected with kidney disease in Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham

Author: Clarke-Swaby, Sonia

Corporate author: Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Publisher: Department of Health

Publication date: September 2010


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This study examines perceptions and beliefs about organ donation amongst black and minority ethnic communities. It argues that although cultural, emotional and religious beliefs may influence the decision to become a donor, in many cases the limited number of organ donors may be due to a lack of awareness about the need for donors.  An event designed to educate and promote organ donation saw 1/3 of participants sign up to the register.