Nurses' Perspectives and Experiences Regarding Organ Transplantation in Turkey: A Qualitative Study


JOURNAL OF RELIGION & HEALTH, vol.61, no.3, pp.1936-1950, 2022 (AHCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 61 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s10943-022-01500-0
  • Journal Indexes: Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, IBZ Online, ATLA Religion Database, CINAHL, EMBASE, Index Islamicus, MEDLINE, Psycinfo
  • Page Numbers: pp.1936-1950
  • Keywords: Experience, Nursing, Organ transplantation, Religion, Qualitative study, BRAIN-DEAD PATIENTS, DONATION PROCESS, ATTITUDES, KNOWLEDGE, BELIEFS
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


As professionals, nurses are often required to provide care for patients from different cultural and religious backgrounds during an organ transplantation process. It is therefore important to understand the views and experiences of nurses regarding the organ transplantation process. The aim of this study was to explore nurses' perspectives and experiences in providing care to donors and transplant recipients. In this descriptive qualitative study, semistructured in-depth interviews were conducted with 17 nurses in Turkey. The qualitative interviews were analyzed using thematic analysis. At the end of the study, four themes were represented: nurses' characteristics, nurses' roles and responsibilities, nurses' views on organ transplantation, and nurses' experiences with providing care. The results of the study revealed that nurses have positive and negative attitudes about organ transplantation, and they need education on this topic. In addition, considering the cultural factors and religious beliefs that prevent organ donation, cooperation between health professionals and religious authorities is necessary. Furthermore, support systems should be developed to reduce the problems that nurses face. The relevant authorities should collaborate to increase the number of donors by informing the public that the religious view is favorable to organ donation.