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Type Journal Article - American Journal of Public Health
Title The influence of race on approaching families for organ donation and their decision to donate.
Volume 89
Issue 2
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 1999
Page numbers 244-247
URL http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1508526/pdf/amjph00002-0102.pdf
OBJECTIVES: This study examined whether patients' race was associated with their families' being approached for organ donation and agreeing to donation. METHODS: Logistic regression models were applied to data collected from records at 112 hospitals. RESULTS: The odds that a family of a White patient was approached for donation were nearly twice those for a family of an African American. The odds of donation also differed by race, but the magnitude varied by patient and hospital characteristics. CONCLUSIONS: Much attention directed toward racial disparity in donation has focused on attitudes of the public. The behavior of hospital staff also may be related to differences in rates.

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