Only 38% of licensed drivers have joined their states’ organ donor registries, with many deterred by long-held misconceptions about how the transplant system works, according to poll results released in April.
The survey of 5,100 American adults, conducted on behalf of the organ-donation advocacy group Donate Life America, found that:
- 50% think that registering as organ donors means physicians will not try as hard to save their lives.
- 44% say there is a black market in the U.S. for organs or tissue.
- 26% believe that patients determined to be brain dead can recover from their injuries.
- 23% who are undecided about donation wrongly worry that age or health conditions would make them unacceptable donors.
The whole shebang.