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September 14, 2010

Hospital Distrust Deters African Americans from Blood Donation

A lack of trust in US hospitals is behind the low rate of blood donation among the African-American community, according study published in Transfusion. Researchers surveyed attendees at 15 African-American churches in the metropolitan Atlanta. About 930 people re

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A lack of trust in US hospitals is behind the low rate of blood donation among the African-American community, according study published in Transfusion.

Researchers surveyed attendees at 15 African-American churches in the metropolitan Atlanta.

About 930 people responded to the 81-item, self-administered survey. Nearly one in five (17%) said they did not trust hospitals, and that this was associated with an unwillingness to donate blood, unwillingness to participate in research and poor knowledge about blood supply.

Individuals who trusted hospitals had more knowledge about blood supply and less fear of donation, and were more likely to donate blood.

Lead researcher Beth H Shaz said that it blood centres and hospitals needed to gain the trust of this community.

“Increased trust will result in increased blood donor rates, increased participation in research, and increased medical knowledge,” Shaz said.

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