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Anticipated Regret and Organ Donor Registration-A Pilot Study

O'Carroll R, Dryden J, Hamilton-Barclay T & Ferguson E (2011) Anticipated Regret and Organ Donor Registration-A Pilot Study. Health Psychology, 30 (5), pp. 661-664.

Objective: In this pilot study we tested the influence of manipulating anticipated regret on organ donor registration behavior. Method: A simple web-based experimental trial was conducted. Nonorgan donors were allocated to a simple anticipated regret manipulation versus a theory of planned behavior or a control condition. The main outcome measure was registration on the U.K. organ donor register at 1-month follow-up. Results: A simple anticipated regret manipulation led to a significant increase in organ donor registrations. Conclusion: Interventions utilizing anticipated regret may have the potential to significantly increase organ donation rates.

donor; donation; disgust; posthumous; affective attitudes

Health Psychology: Volume 30, Issue 5

Author(s)O'Carroll, Ronan; Dryden, Jennifer; Hamilton-Barclay, Tiffany; Ferguson, Eamonn
Publication date30/09/2011
PublisherAmerican Psychological Association

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