A comparison of family members' perceived needs and nurses preceived needs of family members related to organ donation

Document Type



Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor's Name

Linda Simunek

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Robert Alterbaum

Third Advisor's Name

Divina Grossman

Date of Defense



The number of people waiting for organ transplantation continues to outnumber the number of donors by far. Nurses who are the primary caregivers for the organ donor, must be aware of the needs of the donor’s family members during that time. This study attempts to determine whether there is a difference between the actual needs of family members of organ donors and nurses’ perceptions of those needs. A comparative survey was used to describe and compare the responses of family members and of nurses. None of the variables were manipulated, and the approach used was descriptive.

The results of the study indicated that nurses, overall, are aware of family needs during the organ donation process. Despite the overall result, the study did find areas in which the scores of nurses and family members were significantly different (P



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