Table 2

Variation of knowledge, attitudes, action and other factors along with year of study

Aspects of organ donationYear of medical study§P value†Comparison between preclinical and clinical years‡
1
(N=61)
2
(N=142)
3
(N=42)
4
(N=61)
5
(N=32)
6 (N=39)
Overall knowledge63% (11%)65% (11%)67% (11%)69% (13%)75% (9%)77% (11%)<0.001***<0.001***
(1) Medical knowledge of organ transplantation (average of Q1-7)57% (18%)60% (17%)58% (18%)65% (19%)74% (15%)80% (14%)<0.001***<0.001***
(2) Brain death (average of Q8-10)77% (21%)71% (24%)78% (23%)80% (22%)80% (21%)78% (22%)0.1040.13
(3) Supply and demand of cadaveric organ (average of Q11,13,1 4)79% (24%)82% (23%)90% (17%)80% (23%)88% (22%)89% (18%)<0.001***0.48
(4) Donor registration (Q12)30% (46%)24% (43%)24% (43%)20% (40%)41% (50%)23% (43%)0.4670.69
(5) Medicolegal issues (Q15)48% (50%)74% (44%)76% (43%)77% (42%)72% (46%)77% (43%)0.023*0.07
Positive attitude and behaviour
(1) Reporting positive attitude to organ donation98%99%100%100%100%100%0.2250.36
(2) Thought about organ donation87%88%91%92%97%92%0.0680.14
(3) Registered as organ donor13%23%21%33%50%51%<0.001***<0.001***
Perceived confidence and competence on discussing organ donation
(1) Feeling uncomfortable to think or talk about organ donation7%11%0%13%6%13%0.9230.13
(2) Perceiving themselves as competent in organ donation counselling39%40%29%41%38%39%0.3020.60
(3) Perceiving themselves as confident in organ donation counselling44%42%29%33%28%23%0.004**0.06
  • *P<0.05, **p<0.01, ***p<0.001.

  • †P values of knowledge were obtained by linear regression. P values of attitude, behaviour and perceived confidence and competence were obtained by logistic regression.

  • ‡Adjusted for age, gender and university.

  • §Preclinical years include years 1, 2 and 3 whereas clinical years include years 4, 5 and 6.