Knowledge of eye donation: Room for improvement among the population in the Sydney area

Waraporn Chumkasian

Meeting:  2023 RANZCO


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Purposes: To assess the relationship between demographic factors and high knowledge of eye donation, determine gaps in eye donation knowledge and identify the source of donation information most cited by the participants.
Methods: The study was conducted in an eye clinic in the Sydney area in February and March 2020. A total of 190 participants were recruited for the study. Participants aged 16 years or over who were patients at the clinic or their carers and were able to communicate in English were included in the study as convenient samples. Participants were required to complete a questionnaire comprising questions about demographics, eye donation knowledge and source of eye donation information. Data analysis was conducted using the SPSS program. Univariate logistic regression and Pearson chi-square were used to identify the relationship between the variables, source of donation information and high eye donation knowledge.
Results: The study found that 80% of the participants had high eye donation knowledge. Bivariate logistic regression found no significant difference in the relationship between high eye donation knowledge and demographics variables. The three questions about eye donation knowledge that were most often answered incorrectly by the participants were about the timing of donation, eye disease not being a barrier to donation and religious support for eye donation. Chi-square found a weak but significant relationship between high eye donation knowledge and the source of eye donation information.
Conclusion: The outcomes of the study can be used to guide the development of interventions or tools to improve eye donation knowledge.