Document Type : Original Article



BACKGROUND: India is currently having a deceased donation rate of 0.05–0.08 per million
population. The National Organ and Tissue Transplant Programme have planned strategies to
improve organ donation by creating awareness and capacity building. There is great need to assess
the knowledge regarding organ donation among general population.
OBJECTIVE (S): Among the adult population (≥18 years) residing in urban slum of Puducherry to
determine the knowledge, attitude, and practice regarding organ donation.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: Community‑based cross‑sectional study was conducted during April
to May 2017 among 257 randomly selected participants in selected wards of urban Puducherry.
Data regarding knowledge, attitude, and practice were collected through pretested semi‑structured
RESULTS: Mean (standard deviation) age of the study participants was 45 (15) years and
majority (57%) were female, 41% of them were educated more than secondary. Almost 90% of the
study participants have heard about organ donation. However, only 28% (95% confidence interval [CI]:
22.9–33.8) had adequate knowledge regarding organ donation. 58% (95% CI: 51.5–63.5) had positive
attitude toward organ donation. Practice regarding registration for organ donation was only 2.3%.
Knowledge regarding organ donation was more among joint family (odds ratio [OR] = 1.86, P = 0.02)
and middle socioeconomic status (OR = 2.40, P = 0.01). Positive attitude was more among those
who were educated above secondary (OR = 3.47, P = 0.001) and less among Muslim/Christian
religion (OR = 0.49, P = 0.03).
CONCLUSION: Less than one‑third of the study population had adequate knowledge regarding
organ donation. Even though more than half of them had positive attitude toward organ donation
only six individuals registered for organ donation.


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