Analysis of the motivation for hematopoietic stem cell donation

M. T. Aurelio, A. Aniasi, S. E. Haworth, M. B. Colombo, T. Dimonopoli, M. C. Mocellin, F. Poli, R. Torelli, L. Crespiatico, M. Serafini, M. Scalamogna

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The Italian Bone Marrow Donor Register is the institutional organization for management of unrelated hematopoietic stem cell donors. The law requires only a donor's clinical history, but not a psychosocial profile for registration. We have studied the donor's motivation for enlistment on the donor registry and the medical staff's need for this information to interact correctly with the donor. For this purpose we distributed a questionnaire to new donors at the 20 centers in the Lombardy Region over a period of 1 year. The analysis of the responses revealed a prevalence of extrinsic motivations that would not ensure continued registration for donation. Therefore, it is necessary that the donor be well informed and better educated about all aspects of donation, in order to produce a shift to an intrinsic motivation. This objective can be facilitated via professional training of health workers in communication.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)981-984
Number of pages4
JournalTransplantation Proceedings
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - May 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Transplantation


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