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SEPTEMBER 18, 2004

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2004;14(08-09)

[INTRODUCTION - The aim of this study was to explore the common knowledge and the opinion of the Hungarian population on organ transplants as part of a larger international study about the reception of new achievements in biotechnology and medical science. METHODS - The basis of the study was a representative national survey conducted in 2003 on a sample of 1000 people. We analysed the significant differences in the attitudes towards organ donation using the background variables of gender, age, education, family situation, place of residence, self-rated health and religious beliefs. To explain the differences in the willingness to donate we applied the method of binomial regression. Logistic regression was used to analyse the strength and direction of the linear relationship between dependent and predictor variables. The probability of willingness in a given group was represented by odds ratios. RESULTS - The respondents’ knowledge level differed by gender, age and education. The greater part of the population was not knowledgeable about the legal regulations concerning the transplantation of cadaver organs but after they were properly informed they agreed with the regulations. The odds of the motivation to donate organs after death differed significantly by age, education, family situation and self-rated health. The motivation to be living donors was influenced by age, place of residence and the level of altruism. CONCLUSION - The concerns expressed on the decrease of donation willingness due to the increase of the knowledge level of the population seem to be unfounded.]



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[Recent breakthroughs in the fi eld of organ transplantation and oncology have challenged existing views, and necessitate the revision of several tumor-related issues in transplantation. The need for expanding the donor pool raises the question of how and when it is plausible to transplant the organs of a donor with a history of cancer, such that the risk of tumor inoculation and manifestation due to the graft would be minimal for the recipient. Another point to consider is whether it is acceptable to transplant a recipient with a history of a malignant tumor, and if yes, how much tumor-free survival time is required as a minimum before the transplant. Transplanted patients live longer as a result of modern immunosuppressive therapy. However, the risk of malignant tumors increases proportionally to the length of the immunosuppressed state: their incidence may be as much as 20-30% in the long term. The signifi cance of „de novo” posttransplant tumors is highlighted by the fact that they are among the leading causes of death in transplant patients. Taken together, malignant diseases pose a serious problem from several aspects, the solution for which requires close teamwork of experts in oncology and transplantation, and the integration of up-to-date knowledge in the process of making a therapeutic decision, tailored individually for the patient.]

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[INTRODUCTION - The aim of the study was to explore the differences in motivations between successful quitters and smokers who just consider quitting. Self-reported motivations of exsmokers' smoking cessation and the reasoning of current smokers who consider quitting were analyzed. SUBJECTS AND METHODS - The study is based on Hungarostudy Health Panel conducted in 2005, which is the second wave of Hungarostudy 2002, a national representative health survey of the adult Hungarian population. Of the subjects involved in this follow-up study, data from 3701 persons could be analyzed. RESULTS - About half of the respondents had never smoked, one fifth of them had quitted and 28 percent smoked. More than half of the current smokers (52%) contemplated on giving up smoking. Among ex-smokers and contemplating current smokers alike (38-40%), disease prevention was mentioned as the single most important reason of cessation. Financial reasons were mostly mentioned by current smokers; ex-smokers were more likely to explain their decision with deteriorating health, the occurrence of certain diseases. Among these, cardio-vascular morbidity played the most important role in smoking cessation while cancers, respiratory disease and diabetes also significantly increased the odds of quitting. Social pressure was a reason for quitting mostly among women and elderly persons. Among current smokers, those living in partner relationship and the better-off tended to entertain thoughts of quitting because of social pressure. CONCLUSION - The results confirm the importance of cardiovascular diseases in smoking cessation: although people emphasize primary preventive purposes of their cessation efforts, in fact secondary prevention, i.e., existing circulatory and heart problems play the major role both in actual cessation and in quitting considerations.]