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Title: Veterinary Spanish Students’ Attitude Toward Presumed Consent in Organ Donation
Authors: Martínez-Alarcón, Laura
Ríos, Antonio
Ramis, Guillermo
Gómez-Laguna, Jaime
Moll, Xavier
Falceto, Victoria
San Román-Acaso, Fidel
San Román-Llorens, Fidel
Quereda, Juan José
Herrero Medrano, Juan Manuel
Mendonça, Livia
Martín Barrasa, José Luis 
Fernández, Olga María
Muñoz, Antonio
Ramírez, Pablo
Parrilla, Pascual
UNESCO Clasification: 3109 Ciencias veterinarias
241208 Trasplante de órganos
Keywords: Organ donation and transplantation (ODT)
Veterinary students
Issue Date: 2019
Journal: Transplantation Proceedings 
Abstract: Veterinarians often are involved in transplantation research projects. They are a fundamental social group who can influence public opinion about organ donation and transplantation (ODT). Objective. The objective was to determine the knowledge of Spanish veterinary students about the concept of brain death and the law of presumed consent. Methods: A sociologic, multicenter, and observational study was carried out in the veterinary students enrolled in Spain (n = 9000) in a complete academic year. A sample of 2815 students was stratified by geographic area and academic year. The students’ attitudes on the psychosocial aspects of ODT were evaluated using a psychosocial validated questionnaire (PCID-DTO Rios). It was self-administered and completed anonymously. Veterinary schools were randomly selected. The questionnaire was applied to each academic year at compulsory sessions. Statistical analysis: Student t test, χ2 test, and logistic regression analysis were used. Results: The completion rate was 91% (n = 2558). Of students, 66% (n = 1664) understood the concept of brain death, 30% had doubts, whereas 5% believed that a person with brain death can recover and lead a normal life. Concerning legislation, 63% (n = 1615) were against the law of presumed consent, and 37% were in favor. An analysis of variables determining more favorable acceptance of the law showed that year of study (P = .000), knowing a donor (P = .020), and attitude toward ODT (P = .000) did have an effect on acceptance. Most students, 71% (n = 1875), were interested in attending a talk about ODT. Conclusion: Only 37% of Spanish veterinary students would accept the law of presumed consent. Most students were interested in attending an informative talk about ODT.
ISSN: 0041-1345
DOI: 10.1016/j.transproceed.2019.08.018
Source: Transplantation Proceedings [ISSN 0041-1345], v. 51 (9), p. 3004-3007
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