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ISSN: 2165-7386

Journal of Palliative Care & Medicine
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Research Article

Cultural Attitudes towards Death Practices, the Body after Death and Life after Death in Deceased Organ Donation - A UK Polish Migrant Perspective

Sharp C and Randhawa G*

Professor, Director of the Institute for Health Research, University of Bedfordshire, UK

*Corresponding Author:
Randhawa G
Professor Gurch Randhawa, University of Bedfordshire
Putteridge Bury Campus, Hitchin Road, Luton, LU2 8LE, UK
Tel: 01582 743797
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: May 04, 2016; Accepted date: May 17, 2016; Published date: May 21, 2016

Citation: Sharp C, Randhawa G (2016) Cultural Attitudes towards Death Practices, the Body after Death and Life after Death in Deceased Organ Donation - A UK Polish Migrant Perspective. J Palliat Care Med 6:262. doi:10.4172/2165-7386.1000262

Copyright: © 2016 Sharp C, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Previous studies have found the perception of the body and death practices can have an influence on perceptions of deceased organ donation. This is the first study in the UK to investigate the views of the Polish migrants, a fast growing community, toward organ donation, death practices and the deceased body. In total, there were 31 participants that took part in the study in one-to-one interviews or small focus group interviews that lasted approximately 1½ hours. The majority were conducted in English and 1 focus group and 7 interviews were in Polish. The interviews were recorded with permission from the participant, transcribed and analysed using grounded theory analysis. Participants believed the body was seen to be useful for others in need of organs after the individual had died. Families were thought to struggle with saying ‘goodbye’ if it was perceived the deceased individual was to ‘live on’ in the recipient. Participants highlighted that within Polish culture, funerals were organised quickly and opencasket burials were common, however these practices would not hinder donation. Being aware of this community's perspective may aid healthcare professionals when discussing deceased organ donation with potential donor families.


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