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The Role of Body Concepts for Donation Willingness. Insights from a Survey with German Medical and Economics Students

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The current debate on organ donation focuses mainly on the question of how to motivate more people to donate or to overcome the laziness of not filling out an organ donor card. The German law, for example, follows the classical information deficit paradigm by assuming that more information about the possibility for organ donation (e.g., now issued regularly by the social health care insurance agencies) will lead to more organ donors as it conceptualizes public skepticism towards a particular technology to be based mainly on ignorance.

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    Waldby and Mitchell (2006).

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    Hoffmann and Mansel (2010).

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    Norris et al. (2012).

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    See campaign by the Bundeszentrale für Gesundheitliche Aufklärung, in Mobil Jun 2013,

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    e.g. Rey et al. (2011); BZgA (2003, 2012); Ahlert and Schwettmann (2012).

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    DSO (2012).

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    Kranenburg et al. (2008).

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    See. Eurotransplant (2013); DSO (2012).

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    Sanner (1994).

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    Sanner (1994, p. 1145).

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Wöhlke, S., Inthorn, J., Schicktanz, S. (2016). The Role of Body Concepts for Donation Willingness. Insights from a Survey with German Medical and Economics Students. In: Jox, R., Assadi, G., Marckmann, G. (eds) Organ Transplantation in Times of Donor Shortage. International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine, vol 59. Springer, Cham.

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