Research Article

Public attitudes towards kidney transplantation.

Br Med J 1976; 1 doi: (Published 13 March 1976) Cite this as: Br Med J 1976;1:629
  1. B Moores,
  2. G Clarke,
  3. B R Lewis,
  4. N P Mallick


    A representative sample of 500 members of the public was interviewed about kidney transplantation. The survey showed that despite widespread awareness of the need for kidney donors only 4.4% of the respondents had completed a donor card. The small percentage holding kidney donor cards appears to reflect a failure to inform and motivate the general public. There was no evidence of any widespread objection to the procedures involved in obtaining cadaver kidneys, but there was strong objection to the introduction by law of an "opting out" system. The findings suggest how the numbers of potential donors could be increased without changing the law as regards consent to donation.