2016 - 19th Annual Steven Galovich Memorial Student Symposium

Presentation Title

Recycling Life: Effective Organ Donation Messaging

Student Presenter(s) and Advisor

Megan Crocco, Lake Forest College

Location

Library Basement

Abstract

Popular messaging about organ donation focuses on why people should be donors rather than on the actual donation process. The message to give life and that organ donation is a gift interferes with conversations about organ donation, because secrecy is part of what a gift is. The gift metaphor results in fewer successful donations because it de-emphasizes sharing donation wishes with next-of-kin and the process of donation. Using a wider variety of metaphors, such as recycling, to relay messages about the donation process may initially be uncomfortable, but more fully promotes an understanding of how the organ donation process works.

Presentation Type

Individual Presentation

Start Date

4-5-2016 1:00 PM

End Date

4-5-2016 2:15 PM

Panel

Challenges of Building Community

Panel Moderator

Holly Swyers

Field of Study for Presentation

Sociology and Anthropology

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Recycling Life: Effective Organ Donation Messaging

Library Basement

Popular messaging about organ donation focuses on why people should be donors rather than on the actual donation process. The message to give life and that organ donation is a gift interferes with conversations about organ donation, because secrecy is part of what a gift is. The gift metaphor results in fewer successful donations because it de-emphasizes sharing donation wishes with next-of-kin and the process of donation. Using a wider variety of metaphors, such as recycling, to relay messages about the donation process may initially be uncomfortable, but more fully promotes an understanding of how the organ donation process works.