An analysis of decision making in cord blood donation through a participatory approach

Elena Salvaterra, Sara Casati, Simonetta Bottardi, Antonella Brizzolara, Daniela Calistri, Rosanna Cofano, Emanuela Folliero, Faustina Lalatta, Cristina Maffioletti, Mariangela Negri, Paolo Rebulla

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We analysed knowledge, comprehension, opinions, attitudes and choices related to cord blood donation in seven heterogeneous focus groups including pregnant women, future parents, cord blood donors, midwives and obstetricians/gynaecologists. Comparative evaluations focused on attitudes before versus after delivery and preferences of public versus private banking. The study outlined large support to altruistic cord blood donation and need for better health professionals education in this field. Collected information was presented in a public conference and used to develop an informative brochure which was tested for readability and clearliness in four workshops and finally distributed to 26 regional delivery suites.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)299-305
Number of pages7
JournalTransfusion and Apheresis Science
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2010


  • Cord blood donation
  • Decision making
  • Participatory approach
  • Private banking
  • Public banking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Medicine(all)


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