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Psychosocial variables of voluntary blood donors at blood bank of a medical college

Authors
Journal
Medical Journal Armed Forces India
0377-1237
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
61
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s0377-1237(05)80007-3
Keywords
  • Motivation
  • Psychosocial
  • Voluntary
  • Blood Donors
Disciplines
  • Mathematics

Abstract

Abstract Background: This study was undertaken to study the motivational factors leading to voluntary blood donation and understanding the psychosocial variables of blood donors. Methods: 300 blood donors were selected by systematic random sampling method. Result: It was observed that most of the voluntary donors were males (89.3%) and belonged to age group 16–25 years (48%). Most of the donors (93.46%) had studied upto high school and above and 84.33% of the donors belonged to the middle class. 27% of the donors had donated blood previously. The common motivational factors to donate blood were for ‘a good cause’, ‘for the society’ and ‘to save a life’. 4.67% of them donated blood for self satisfaction. Conclusion: Motivation, recruitment and retention of voluntary blood donors are important criteria to achieve safe blood donation.

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