Year : 2013 | Volume : 4 | Issue : 2 | Page : 70--77
Attitude to Blood Donation among Male Students at King Saud University
Abdullah K Al-Faris, Aban S Bahabri, Abdullah A Al-Aqeel, Mohammed S Al-Momi
College of Medicine and King Khalid University Hospital, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
The King Khalid University Hospital (KKUH) Blood Bank suffers frequent shortages of blood components because it depends partly on involuntary blood donors, and is expending considerable effort to increase its pool of voluntary donors. The present study aimed to investigate the attitude of King Saud University (KSU) students towards blood donation to determine the factors that would increase voluntary blood donations at KKUH. A cross-sectional study was conducted at 6 colleges (n = 600) in KSU, Riyadh, between February and March 2012 using a self-administered questionnaire distributed to donors (n = 300) and non-donors (n = 300). All respondents were male. Ninety-eight percent of KSU students agreed that blood donation is important; 92% of non-donors believed that blood bank centers are in need of voluntary blood donations. Seventy-six percent of non-donors were opposed to importing blood, reflecting their opinion that blood should be available locally. The majority of the students did not consider fear or donation venue strong discouraging factors against blood donation and objected to monetary compensation, but would accept a token or gift. The present survey highlighted the need to invest in awareness and motivational campaigns on blood donation among university students so that current donors will continue donating and non-donors will be encouraged to begin donating. Addressing the issues raised by the non-donors will pave the way to their becoming regular blood donors. This will eventually facilitate the establishment of a blood donor system based on voluntary, non-remunerated donations.