Communication with family concerning body donation in Hong Kong: what do we know?

Wallace Chi Ho Chan*, Sun On Chan, Adrienne Lei Yung Wong, Pasu Kwai Lun Ng

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Abstract

This study aimed to examine three major issues: (a) The extent to which registered donors have communicated with family about body donation; (b) The differences in demographics, life and death attitudes, and quality of relationship with family members between those who communicated their body donation decision and those who did not; (c) The factors associated with the act of communicating with family about body donation. A survey was conducted of people who registered in a body donation programme in Hong Kong. A total of 1,070 registered donors completed an online questionnaire between August and September 2016. The majority of participants (80.1%) reported that they communicated with family members about body donation. About one-third only informed family members of their decisions after registration, and around 15.6% did not communicate with family members. Those who communicated with family were significantly older and married; they also indicated more positive life and death attitudes and a better quality of relationship with family members. Three factors were found to have significant associations with the act of communicating with family members about the decision to donate the body: (a) Age, (b) Quality of life, (c) Quality of relationship with family members. Communication with family members about body donation is still inadequate. Future body donation programmes may focus more on the way body donation decisions can be better communicated with family members. Special attention can be given to younger registered donors who find it difficult to communicate with the older generation, those who indicate more negative life and death attitudes, and who experienced a poorer quality of relationship with family members.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1817-1826
Number of pages10
JournalHealth and Social Care in the Community
Volume28
Issue number5
Early online date26 Apr 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2020
Externally publishedYes

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