Introduction: The transplant waiting list has increased seven fold during the last 20 years with increasing number of patient’s death in need of an organ abruptly. The motives and decision making of living donors are critical areas for transplant, yet these topics remain relatively unstudied. The objective of the study was to examine the motives for organ donation as experienced by the donors. Materials and method: A qualitative descriptive phenomenological study was conducted among living donors in AIMS, Kochi. Ten living donors voluntarily participated in two staged unstructured in-depth interview. The interviews were tape recorded and transcribed and analyzed to facilitate the development of themes. Results: The major themes identified were the real motives core to the decision to donate, the factors influenced which had the controlling power over the decision to donate, the concerns before the donation, responding about the feeling of donation, categorizing the live donors. Based on the content analysis, the units identified and evolved into subthemes which were utilized to generate main themes. Majority of the donors were relationship oriented donor, whose major motives were desires to relieve the suffering and save the life of their loving ones. Conclusion: The donor motives are complicated and influenced by multiple factors. This study helps us to identify the donor motives and factors affecting their motive and decision making. By deriving the motives many more intervention to improve the willingness to be a living organ donor can be evolved. © 2017, Indian Journal of Public Health Research and Development. All rights reserved.
Kanmani J and Thomas, D. S., “Explore the motives of organ donation”, Indian Journal of Public Health Research and Development, vol. 8, no. 3, pp. 40-45, 2017.