Likelihood of donating family member's organs based on wishes in adults 1993-2012

This survey displays the percentage of U.S. adults that were likely to donate family member's organs based on known or unknown wishes in 1993, 2005, and 2012. In 2005, 70.2 percent of adults that did not know their family member's wishes were still somewhat likely or very likely to donate their organs. Organ donation can be given through both a deceased and living donor if blood and oxygen are flowing through the organs until the time of recovery to ensure viability. There are over 120,000 people in the country waiting for an organ transplant.

Likelihood of U.S. adults donating family member's organs based on wishes in 1993, 2005, and 2012

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Source

Release date

September 2013

Region

United States

Survey time period

1993, 2005, and 2012

Number of respondents

Around 3,200

Age group

18 years and older

Supplementary notes

Original questions:
"Has any member of your family told you about his or her wish to donate or not donate his or her organs after death?"
"If you didn't know your family member's wishes, how likely would you be to donate his or her organs upon his or her death, if it were up to you?"
"If a family member had requested that his or her organs be donated upon death, how likely would you be to donate his or her organs if it were up to you?
Somewhat likely and very likely shown."

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