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Public attitudes toward corneal donation in northern Jordan

Authors Haddad MF, Khabour OF, Alzoubi KH, Bakkar MM

Received 21 July 2018

Accepted for publication 27 August 2018

Published 8 October 2018 Volume 2018:12 Pages 1973—1980

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/OPTH.S181022

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Peer reviewers approved by Dr Justinn Cochran

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Scott Fraser


Mera F Haddad,1 Omar F Khabour,1 Karem H Alzoubi,2 May M Bakkar1

1Faculty of Applied Medical Sciences, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan; 2Faculty of Pharmacy, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan

Purpose: The aims of this study were to assess the knowledge and attitude toward corneal donation among Jordanian population and to report the reasons which may influence subject’s decision and attitude toward corneal donation.
Methods: A self-designed questionnaire was developed. The participants were asked about reasons for both willingness and unwillingness to donate their corneas. These reasons were stated in the questionnaire and the participants had to express their agreement by one of five options: strongly disagree, disagree, neutral, agree, or strongly agree.
Results: A total of 500 participants (218 males and 282 females) completed the questionnaire. The average age (±SD) of the study participants was 32.8 (±11.7) years. About 67.2% of the subjects were willing to donate their corneas, whereas 32.8% were not willing to do so. The main motive for willingness was doing a good deed by helping others to see. On the other hand, fear of the body being treated badly and that other organ might be taken than the ones specified for donation were the main reasons for unwillingness to donate corneas. The age of participants, gender, and the monthly income did not significantly influence the willingness to donate (P>0.05). However, the level of education had a significant influence on people’s decision to donate their corneas.
Conclusion: Many Jordanians have positive attitude toward corneal donations. Ethical factors need to be addressed to promote for corneal donation. In addition, increasing the awareness of donation and its benefits may help increase the supply of corneal tissues.

Keywords: corneal donation, willingness, Jordan

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