Type of Article:  Original Research

Volume 9; Issue 3.2 (August 2021)

Page No.: 8069-8073

DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.16965/ijar.2021.146

Willingness of Body donation

Shilpa Karkera.

Assistant professor, Dept of Neuroscience & Anatomy, Trinity School of Medicine, St. Vincent & the Grenadines.

Corresponding Author: Dr. Shilpa Karkera, Assistant professor, Dept of Neuroscience & Anatomy, Trinity School of Medicine, St. Vincent & the Grenadines. E-Mail: Shilpa.karkera@trinityschoolofmedicine.org     


Cadavers are an incomparable resource for teaching labs in Anatomy. Without dissection of cadavers teaching and learning anatomy barely impossible; due to difficulty in correlating theoretical knowledge with practical knowledge. The objective of the study was to evaluate the awareness regarding the body donation after death. A survey was randomly distributed among older than 18 years, which included MBBS students, Dental students, and duty doctors in Bangalore. A total 380 participants filled up the questionnaire and consent letter providing information on demographic, educational, and religious aspects specific ones related to the willingness to donate own bodies. On the 380 participants, 140 (37%) were women and 240 (63%) were men, with ages from 18 to 45 years. Reasons to donate, majority 92.63% of the respondent expressed their positive attitude; 7.4% had negative attitudes. Main motives to donate were related to support teaching, research, and science, while the main reason for not to donate was associated with lack of sufficient information. The profile of potential donors was obtained from the analysis of all the respondents, and we also compared with different studies demonstrating that not only cultural, ethnic and religion aspects may determine the willingness to donate but also the level of public information and facilities to register as donors.

Key Words: Body donation, Cadavers, awareness, knowledge, future generations.


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Cite this article: Shilpa Karkera. Willingness of Body donation. Int J Anat Res 2021;9(3.2):8069-8073. DOI: 10.16965/ijar.2021.146