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Increasing Awareness of Organ Donation in Black and Minority Ethnic Groups

  • Lead applicant: Dr Cecil Thompson (Chair, UCL’s Race Equality Group, UCL General Surgery)
  • Main collaborator: Bimbi Fernando (Renal Transplant Unit, Royal Free Hospital)
  • Additional collaborators:

    Jayne Kavanagh and Katherine Woolf, Department of Medical Education, UCL

    Amir Gander, Department of Surgery, UCL

    Jessica Sims, Department of Primary Care Research, King's College London

It is well known that organ donation and transplantation are important issues for people from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) groups. They are overrepresented on the active transplant waiting list due to prevalence of particular conditions (e.g. diabetes, hypertension and hepatitis), underrepresented as deceased donors and nearly twice as likely as people from white backgrounds to refuse organ donationfor their deceased relatives. The problem is due, at least in part, to a lack of awareness by these groups of the Organ Donor Register (ODR) and the need for organs for transplants, because of faith and cultural stances toward organ donation, and because of a perceived lack of trust in doctors and the healthcare profession. We propose to address these problems with an educational campaign targeted at key stakeholders: patients, researchers, clinicians, BME community groups, medical, potential medical, primary & secondary school students.

The campaign will consist of a main one day conference for key stakeholders, with workshops before, during and after. Some of the workshop findings will be discussed at the conference.

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