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Overcoming barriers to registering as an organ donor among minority ethnic groups

This paper explores the reasons for the lower rates of organ donor registration among black and minority ethnic groups by reviewing relevant UK literature and drawing on findings from a community study of the Donation, Ethnicity and Transplantation (DonaTE) Programme. The community study comprised of 22 focus groups drawn from Nigerian, Caribbean, Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities in London (stratified by ethnicity, faith, age category and in the case of South Asian groups, by gender) to investigate differences in attitudes and beliefs both within and between ethnic groups.  The paper first outlines evidence regarding the barriers to registering and then identifies ways in which targeted campaigns can improve understanding and awareness of deceased organ donation among black and minority ethnic groups, and increase organ donor registrations.


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