Health Mums have most influence on organ donation decisions

Mums have most influence on organ donation decisions

Women, particularly mothers, play a crucial role in the decision to donate a deceased loved one’s organs, research from the University of Canberra has found.

Senior lecturer in nursing and midwifery Holly Northam has identified the major factors that influence a family to agree to, or decline, deceased organ donation.

Her research showed women, and mothers in particular, are most likely to offer to donate their loved ones’ organs.

“We found that mothers listened to family members more and were able to remember their loved ones’ decision on whether or not they wanted to be an organ donor,” Dr Northam said.

The research found families who had their concerns addressed were more satisfied with the decision-making experience and were more likely to agree to organ donation.

Families that were more satisfied also believed that their relative was protected from suffering, their dignity respected, and the meaning of their life remembered and honoured.

“Organ donation rates have increased in Australia in recent years, and many in the community support the idea of organ donation. This research is important because it helps to identify barriers to consent,” Dr Northam said.

You can read more about Dr Northam’s study ­here. (Story credit: University of Canberra newsroom)