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Authors D'Alessandro AM, Peltier JW, Dahl AJ
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Journal Prog Transplant Volume: 22 Issue: 4 Pages: 436-41
Publish Date 2012 Dec
PubMed ID 23187063
Abstract

This report focuses on the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics organ procurement organization’s efforts to increase deceased organ and tissue donation by using social media and personalized messages targeting members of university student organizations, their families, and their friends. A grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services funded a 2-year study to (1) identify barriers/opportunities for increasing awareness, attitudes, and behaviors related to organ and tissue donation; (2) implement an intervention using social media and personalized message to increase knowledge, support, and donor registrations; (3) measure impact on awareness and attitudinal and behavioral changes within the organization; and (4) assess behavioral measures across a host of social media analytics and organ donor registrations. The results show increases in knowledge about and support for organ donation, including a 20% increase in donor registration. As a result, funding was secured to continue the project for an additional 2 years.

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