2019 National Survey of Organ Donation Attitudes and Practices

Report of Findings

Online Article | February 28, 2020

Source: HRSA, Healthcare Systems Bureau, Division of Transplantation

Altarum is proud to have conducted this influential survey for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) with our partners American Directions Research Group and Arbor Research Collaborative for Health.

This report describes the main findings from the 2019 National Survey of Organ Donation Attitudes and Practices (NSODAP). The 2019 NSODAP is the fourth survey of national views taken on organ donation and transplantation, following prior surveys published in 1993, 2005, and 2012. The purpose of these surveys is to help the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) better understand and track public beliefs, opinions, and behaviors related to organ donation in America. These surveys include some questions that have remained the same across all years, allowing for the identification of trends over time, as well as some new survey questions, which address emerging issues related to organ donation and transplantation. A total of 10,000 respondents completed the survey, 2,000 by telephone and another 8,000 online. HRSA contracted the 2019 survey, as well as the surveys published in 2012 and 2005. An executive summary of results, organized by theme, is included. Full survey results are included throughout this report and in supporting tables.

Please visit HRSA’s website for more information about the 2019 National Survey of Organ Donation Attitudes and Practices. 

You can also listen to a recording of a pre-release webinar to learn about key findings from the survey, including:

  • Beliefs associated with support for organ donation;
  • Levels of national support for organ donation; 
  • How people signed up to be organ donors; and
  • How attitudes and practices have changed since the last survey in 2012.