Journal article

Determining the willingness of Australians to export their corneas on death

Heather M Machin, Lisa Buckland, Christine Critchley, Steven Wiffen, Gerard Sutton, Paul N Baird

PLOS ONE | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2021

Abstract

BACKGROUND: 12.7 million people await a corneal transplant, but 53% are without access to corneal tissue. Sharing corneal tissue across nations can provide some access, however the willingness of export populations, like Australians, to export their donation on death, has never been evaluated. Our research samples the Australian population, determining their willingness to export. MATERIALS AND METHOD: We conducted e-surveys. N = 1044 Australians participated. The sample represented the Australian population, based on population demographics. Chi-Square and bivariate correlation coefficients examined associations between categorical variables, with a sample size of N = 1044, power of 0.80, a..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)


Funding Acknowledgements

Heather Machin: Postgraduate Scholarship supported by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) ID: APP1150637 Heather Machin: Project Grant to examine Australian's willingness to export corneas from Lions Eye Institute, Western Australia Paul Baird: Senior Research Fellowship Supported by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) ID: 1138585 For Reference: Gerard Sutton is a Medical Director with responsibilities to the Australian Ocular Biobank which is part of the OTDR Public Health, and The Centre for Eye Research Australia receives Operational Infrastructure Support from the Victorian government.