Original Article

IJMDC. 2022; 6(12): 1487-1493

Living organ donation: the cultural perspective

Authors: Maryam Othman AlArfaj, Thekra Yousef AlDhneen, Renad Raed Alfalah, Rimah Omar Alfawzan, Muneera Adel Alrubayii, Latifah Abdulrahim Alsayed Alhashim, Maitha Khalid AlMaghlouth, Mohammed Yousef Alessa.

ABSTRACT

Background: Despite the large number of transplant surgeries performed in Saudi Arabia, there remains a significant gap between the number of donors and the number of patients who need transplants. This study aimed at measuring the general Saudi public’s knowledge and preparedness concerning organs and identify the barriers to becoming an organ donor. Methods: This descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted from December 2021 to March 2022 among 820 members of the general Saudi population. The data collection tool was a self-administered online questionnaire that gathered sociodemographic data and included questions about organ donation (OD). Results: A total of 820 participants were involved in this study. Although nearly all the participants were aware that they could donate organs while still alive, only 15% had a postmortem OD card. This low rate may be due to religious beliefs, as 43% of the participants believed that OD is prohibited in Islam. The most common factor that prevented the participants from agreeing to donate organs alive was fear of the associated operation and its complications. Yet, the participants’ willingness to donate their organs to their parents (78.5%), partners (60.1%), and children (63.7%) were high, especially in life-threatening situations. Moreover, 42.1% agreed they would donate their organs after they died. Conclusion: The results showed a high level of knowledge regarding OD among the general Saudi population, especially younger people. However, the participant’s attitudes toward living OD were unsatisfactory. These findings can help to guide the development of appropriate educational methods to increase the number of Saudis who donate the organ.

Keywords:
Cultural perspective, donation, organ donation, living organ donation.


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Living organ donation: the cultural perspective


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Maryam Othman AlArfaj
General surgery, College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Al-Ahsa, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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Thekra Yousef AlDhneen
General surgery, College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Al-Ahsa, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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Renad Raed Alfalah
General surgery, College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Al-Ahsa, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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Rimah Omar Alfawzan
General surgery, College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Al-Ahsa, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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Muneera Adel Alrubayii
General surgery, College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Al-Ahsa, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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Latifah Abdulrahim Alsayed Alhashim
General surgery, College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Al-Ahsa, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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Maitha Khalid AlMaghlouth
General surgery, College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Al-Ahsa, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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Mohammed Yousef Alessa
Assistant professor, General Surgery, King Faisal University, Al-Ahsa, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
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Correspondence to:
. General surgery, College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Al-Ahsa, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.; 217016898@student.kfu.edu.sa

Publication history
Received 21 Oct 2022
Accepted 29 Oct 2022
Published online 06 Nov 2022
Published in print 26 Nov 2022

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AlArfaj MO, AlDhneen TY, Alfalah RR, Alfawzan RO, Alrubayii MA, Alhashim LAA, AlMaghlouth MK, Alessa MY. Living organ donation: the cultural perspective. IJMDC. 2022; 6(12): 1487-1493. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1665826826


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AlArfaj MO, AlDhneen TY, Alfalah RR, Alfawzan RO, Alrubayii MA, Alhashim LAA, AlMaghlouth MK, Alessa MY. Living organ donation: the cultural perspective. https://www.ijmdc.com/?mno=120979 [Access: January 29, 2023]. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1665826826


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AlArfaj MO, AlDhneen TY, Alfalah RR, Alfawzan RO, Alrubayii MA, Alhashim LAA, AlMaghlouth MK, Alessa MY. Living organ donation: the cultural perspective. IJMDC. 2022; 6(12): 1487-1493. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1665826826


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AlArfaj MO, AlDhneen TY, Alfalah RR, Alfawzan RO, Alrubayii MA, Alhashim LAA, AlMaghlouth MK, Alessa MY. Living organ donation: the cultural perspective. IJMDC. (2022), [cited January 29, 2023]; 6(12): 1487-1493. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1665826826


Harvard Style

AlArfaj, M. O., AlDhneen, . T. Y., Alfalah, . R. R., Alfawzan, . R. O., Alrubayii, . M. A., Alhashim, . L. A. A., AlMaghlouth, . M. K. & Alessa, . M. Y. (2022) Living organ donation: the cultural perspective. IJMDC, 6 (12), 1487-1493. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1665826826


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AlArfaj, Maryam Othman, Thekra Yousef AlDhneen, Renad Raed Alfalah, Rimah Omar Alfawzan, Muneera Adel Alrubayii, Latifah Abdulrahim Alsayed Alhashim, Maitha Khalid AlMaghlouth, and Mohammed Yousef Alessa. 2022. Living organ donation: the cultural perspective. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 6 (12), 1487-1493. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1665826826


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AlArfaj, Maryam Othman, Thekra Yousef AlDhneen, Renad Raed Alfalah, Rimah Omar Alfawzan, Muneera Adel Alrubayii, Latifah Abdulrahim Alsayed Alhashim, Maitha Khalid AlMaghlouth, and Mohammed Yousef Alessa. "Living organ donation: the cultural perspective." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 6 (2022), 1487-1493. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1665826826


MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

AlArfaj, Maryam Othman, Thekra Yousef AlDhneen, Renad Raed Alfalah, Rimah Omar Alfawzan, Muneera Adel Alrubayii, Latifah Abdulrahim Alsayed Alhashim, Maitha Khalid AlMaghlouth, and Mohammed Yousef Alessa. "Living organ donation: the cultural perspective." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 6.12 (2022), 1487-1493. Print. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1665826826


APA (American Psychological Association) Style

AlArfaj, M. O., AlDhneen, . T. Y., Alfalah, . R. R., Alfawzan, . R. O., Alrubayii, . M. A., Alhashim, . L. A. A., AlMaghlouth, . M. K. & Alessa, . M. Y. (2022) Living organ donation: the cultural perspective. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 6 (12), 1487-1493. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1665826826


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