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Table 4 Attitude towards organ donation by brain death knowledge

From: Attitudes towards organ donation in Syria: a cross-sectional study

  Brain death knowledge score ≤2 N (%) Brain death knowledge score 3≥ N (%) Total
N (%)
p value
No. (%) 176(60) 116(40) 292  
Age, years (mean  SD) 42  15 41  15   0.55
Gender     
 Male 58 (33) 44 (38) 102 (35) 0.38
 Female 118 (67) 72 (62) 190 (65)  
Residency     
 Urban 130 (74) 90 (78) 220 (76) 0.44
 Rural 45 (26) 25 (22) 70 (24)  
Education     
 Illiterate/less than high school 119 (69) 51 (44) 70 (59) < .0001*
 High school or higher 53 (31) 64 (66) 117 (41)  
Current job     
 Does not work 99 (62) 55 (53) 154 (59) 0.13
 Works 60 (83) 49 (47) 109 (41)  
Marital status     
 Not married 44 (25) 37 (32) 81 (28) 0.18
 Married 132 (75) 78 (68) 210 (72)  
Chronic diseases     
 Not treated 113 (69) 81 (70) 194 (70) 0.84
 Absent or treated 50 (31) 34 (30) 84 (30)  
What is your attitude toward organ donation?     
 Agree 96 (55) 74 (64) 170 (58) 0.02*
 Disagree 43 (24) 32 (28) 75 (26)  
 Do not know 37 (21) 10 (9) 47 (16)  
Would you like to donate an organ or more one day?     
 Yes 113 (65) 66 (57) 179 (62) 0.17
 No 60 (35) 49 (43) 109 (38)  
When would you prefer to donate your organs?     
 Only during life 31 (22) 18 (21) 49 (21) 0.78
 Only after death 70 (49) 46 (53) 116 (51)  
 Any time 42 (29) 22 (26) 64 (28)  
Would you agree to donate organs of a family member after their death?     
 Yes 86 (50) 59 (51) 145 (50) 0.89
 No 86 (50) 57 (49) 143 (50)  
Would you agree to donate organs of a family member in cases of brain death?     
 Yes 55 (32) 42 (37) 97 (34) 0.43
 No 115 (68) 72 (63) 187 (66)  
Would you encourage organ donation?     
 Yes 111 (64) 81 (70) 192 (66) 0.32
 No 62 (36) 35 (30) 97 (34)  
Are you aware of the laws and legislations related to organ donation, brain death and organ transplantation in Syria?     
 Yes 18 (10) 17 (15) 35 (12) 0.25
 No 156 (90) 97 (85) 253 (88)  
If religion and law were encouraging organ donation, would you do it?     
 Yes 127 (73) 91 (80) 218 (76) 0.21
 No 46 (27) 23(20) 69(24)  
  1. *Statistically significant