TABLE 2

Comparison of Adult and Pediatric FDM Donation Attitudes

VariableDonor Status Count
AdultPediatric
Initial feelings toward donation, n (%)
 Favorable: knew patient would want to donate**286 (31.0)31 (18.9)
 Unsure: needed more information about donation*36 (12.4)10 (23.8)
 Unfavorable: unsure of patient's wishes**63 (21.7)1 (2.4)
Ultimate reason for donation decision, n (%)
 Authorized donation
  To help give meaning to death*130 (11.4)34 (16.3)
  Knew patient would want to donate***510 (44.8)44 (21.2)
  To keep patient alive in others***163 (14.3)52 (25.0)
 Refused donation: wanted to bury the patient whole*19 (8.3)8 (33.3)
Perceptions of the request and donation decision
 Felt pressured or harassed to make decisiona1.8 ± 1.71.7 ± 1.6
 Satisfaction with request processa6.3 ± 1.46.3 ± 1.4
 Comfort with donation decisiona6.5 ± 1.26.5 ± 1.2
 Decisional regret, n (%)101 (7.4)14 (6.0)
  • * P < .05; **P < .01; ***P < .001.

  • a Mean ± SD.