Introduction. In the Netherlands 13.3 million citizens were contacted by the Dutch donor registry to indicate whether they consented or objected to become an organ/tissue donor after death. Nearly 4.7 million individuals are now registered, which is a 35.1% response rate. We wondered whether kidney patients, living kidney donors, and health personnel would have comparable response rates. Methods and results. A total of 239 individuals were interviewed, of whom 52% indicated to be registered. The highest registration rate was found for hospital personnel (66%) followed by living kidney donors (51%) and patients (38%). In general, more women than men (57% vs 47%) had returned their registration form. Conclusion. In the Dutch general public the willingness to make their decision known during life to donate organs/tissue after death is rather low. Presumably motivated individuals (eg, hospital personnel and living kidney donors) scored significantly better, but even in these subgroups 34% and 49%, respectively, were nonresponders.,
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Zuidema, W., Luchtenburg, A. E., de Klerk, M., & Weimar, W. (2005). The Dutch donor registry: Registration rate of hospital personnel, living kidney donors, and patients. In Transplantation Proceedings (Vol. 37, pp. 558–559). doi:10.1016/j.transproceed.2004.11.047