The aim of this studentship is to gain a deeper understanding of barriers to people registering as a posthumous organ donor. When asked 90% of the UK population say they support organ donation, in practice, only 38% have registered as an organ donor. Our group has demonstrated that emotions and affective attitudes may be acting as significant barriers to registration e.g. discomfort thinking about mortality, disgust, etc. The aim of the PhD would be to (a) further our understanding of barriers and (b) pilot interventions that may increase donor registration, e.g. reciprocity primes.
Supervisor: Prof Ronan O'Carroll
Overcoming barriers to organ donation