Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science



First Advisor

Dr. Camilla Nonterah


Objective: Organ transplantation is currently the most preferred treatment method for end-stage organ disease. Despite this fact, the need for transplants is currently higher than the availability of organs, resulting in approximately 20 deaths each day. The objective of this study was to use qualitative research methods to better understand attitudes towards and public knowledge of organ transplantation. Method: Fourteen focus groups with 58 participants were conducted by a research team. Thematic analyses were conducted using a phenomenological framework. Results: Knowledge of the transplant process was found to play a critical role in one’s decision to donate an organ. Individuals may have different attitudes toward living and deceased donation and these attitudes may be influenced by external factors like family, religion, and culture. Certain situations involving closeness, age, and racial/minority status may make an individual more or less likely to donate an organ. Conclusions: The findings from the focus groups answered research questions by identifying knowledge, attitudes and scenarios that promote or hinder organ donation. The results can be used to inform interventions and education on the transplant process, and potentially increase the public’s willingness to donate organs.

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