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Gaceta Sanitaria

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LAIDOUNI, Nouhad; BRIONES-VOZMEDIANO, Érica; GARRIDO CLEMENTE, Pilar  and  GIL GONZALEZ, Diana. Healthcare professionals’ perceptions of Islamic beliefs and traditions as barriers to organ donation and transplantation in Algeria. Gac Sanit [online]. 2017, vol.31, n.2, pp.123-131. ISSN 0213-9111.


The aim of this study is to explore healthcare professionals’ perception of the influence of Islamic beliefs and traditions concerning organ donation and transplants in Algeria.


Exploratory qualitative study using individual semi-structured interviews of 17 healthcare professionals (9 men, 8 women) of different specialties in a University hospital in Algiers (Algeria). Qualitative content analysis of transcripts was performed using the computer software ATLAS.ti 5.


Healthcare professionals believe that religious beliefs do not affect living donation but say they have a negative impact on donation of cadaveric organs due to the existence of myths derived from the Islamic religion and lack of knowledge of the Algerian population about the positioning of religious leaders in relation to organ donation and transplantation.


There is confusion among the Algerian population on the position of Islam around organ donation and transplantation, mainly to the detriment of the rate of cadaveric donation. Collaboration between the health sector and religious leaders to raise public awareness could improve the willingness of the population to donate organs after death.

Keywords : Organ donation; Organ transplant; Religious beliefs; Islam; Algeria; Qualitative research.

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