The Importance Of Organ Donation

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Around 37% of Americans 18 years of age or older are registered organ donors. ( ) Because of this, there is a tiny supply of transplantable organs for a steadily increasing demand. So, there needs to be a way to increase that small supply. In Saving lives, one organ at a time, Amy Novotney discusses how psychologists can help remove the myths and rumors surround organ donation and increase the amount of people willing to register as an organ donor. In her article, Novotney talks about techniques and programs that can and are currently being used to provide detailed information on posthumous organ donation and living organ donation, pre-transplantation, and post-transplantation and help increase the number of organ donation registration.
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Novotney mentions several studies and programs that help dispel the myths and rumors and misinformation about organ donations. One of studies mentioned was done by Jason Siegel and Eusebio Alvaro. The two of them created what they call the “IIFF Model”. The “IIFF Model” has four main points. The first is an immediate opportunity of registration. The second is the provision of information on donation and registration. The third is focused engagement, focusing on reasons why someone hasn’t registered. The forth is favorable activation, designed to confirm pro-donation beliefs. (Novotney, 2011) In a study conducted by Siegel and Alvaro using the “IIFF Model”, there was an increase of people willing to register for organ donation. (Novotney, 2011) In the article, Organ Donation: Who Is Not Willing To Commit? Psychological Factors Influencing the Individual’s Decision to Commit to Organ Donation after Death by Marianne Amir and Einat Haskell, a similar study was conducted in Israel. According to the …show more content…
I am a registered organ donor and I had no idea that there were so many concerns with organ donation. I’ve always looked at it like if I die, I really have no further use for my organs, and if they can be used to save someone’s life, I’m not going to say no. After reading the article, I can better understand the reasoning behind some of the concerns Novotney addressed and the reasons why some people may not register. Near the end of her article, Novotney stated that “Education is working to save lives, albeit more slowly than needed.” (Novotney, 2011) I really liked this quote, because it means we have a solution to this issue, which is increasing the amount of vital information to donors, recipients and potential donors, we now need to continue on this path. By clearing up all the rumors and misinformation, we should be able to increase the amount of registered donors, and thus increase the much needed supply of an ever-increasing

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