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ATTITUDES TOWARDS BLOOD DONATION IN GENERAL HOSPITAL MURSKA SOBOTA
Introduction: Blood donation is one of the noblest forms of donation, as it helps a large population and at the same time save lives. The aim of the article was to present opinions about blood donation, knowledge about the process of blood donation and to identify the reason for and against blood donation. Methods: In our study a quantitative statistical method was applied using a closed-ended questionnaire on a prospective sample of patients in General Hospital Murska Sobota. The questionnaire consisted of 11 questions related to demographics (gender, age), knowledge of blood donation, and reasons for and against blood donation. Data were statistically analysed using the IBM SPSS 23 and Microsoft Excel 2016, while the results are presented in tables. Results: Based on our results, we found that people primarily choose to donate blood after the age of 30, especially those with primary or secondary level of education. Moreover, blood donation was recognised as a noble act, with respondents emphasising the act of doing something good to others, which can even safe lives. However, people still lack the knowledge about blood donation, as majority of the respondents are not familiar with their blood type. Lastly, the results also showed that majority of the donors derive from elderly population, which are often not suitable for blood donation due to their poor health. Conclusion: Blood donation proved to be a socially important form of assistance, although it is still largely dependent on the elderly population, which are often not suitable for donation. Therefore, in the near future it is necessary to further raise awareness of the importance of blood donation in youth and adult population.