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Blood donor behaviour in Greece: implications for health policy.
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PMID:  8023195     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Blood donation behaviour was studied in 809 residents of the Greater Athens area to identify socio-economic and attitudinal factors and level of knowledge about blood donation related to donor behaviour. The sample was randomly selected and consisted of men and women aged 18-65, the legally defined age for donation. According to stepwise regression analysis, blood donation (40.8% of the study population) was found to be correlated with gender, place of birth, occupation and knowledge about donation. Donors were more likely to be men than women; students and military recruits than professionals and scientists; and those with higher knowledge scores regarding donation. In our factor analysis of the social attitudes related to blood donation, three factors emerged as important regarding donation: health-related incentives for the donor, structural incentives (organization of blood donation education and management of facilities) and the creation of social and economic incentives. With respect to the affective measures those who expressed feelings of guilt when presented with hypothetical, emotionally charged situations dramatizing the need for donor blood were more likely to be donors. The results of the data are discussed within a larger socio-cultural context and suggestions for health policy are made.
J Chliaoutakis; D J Trakas; F Socrataki; C Lemonidou; D Papaioannou
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Social science & medicine (1982)     Volume:  38     ISSN:  0277-9536     ISO Abbreviation:  Soc Sci Med     Publication Date:  1994 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1994-08-02     Completed Date:  1994-08-02     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8303205     Medline TA:  Soc Sci Med     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1461-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Research Methodology in Health Topics Laboratory, Department of Health Visiting, Technological Educational Institution (TEI) of Athens, Greece.
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MeSH Terms
Blood Donors / education,  psychology*,  statistics & numerical data
Cultural Characteristics
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Health Policy*
Middle Aged
Regression Analysis
Sex Factors
Social Values

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