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Introduction: Organ donation is considered in many cases as the only therapeutic solution. The lack of donors throughout the world, leads to the need of a survey of the factors affecting the formation of the human behavior in order to change it, in particular in our country, where there is a significant research gap and a reduced number of donors.

Aim: The aim of the specific quantitative survey is the detection of the factors affecting the attitude and perceptions of the nursing and medical staff of the General Hospital (G.H.) of Edessa, with regards to organ donation, as well as the prediction of their willingness to issue an organ donor card.

Methods: The survey was based on the collection of 283 questionnaires, based on the Theory of Planned Behavior. In order to enhance the representation amongst people, data were weighted so that both doctors and nurses could have equal rates to such of the population.

Results: The intention to discuss with the family was positively associated with moral rules, while the intention to issue a donor card was positively associated with morality and subjective perception of control. Gender, profession, educational level and previous relevant behavior are the most important factors of differentiation.

Conclusions: The medical and nursing staff of the G.H. of Edessa presents a low intention to issue a donation card, however, they are very positive to the idea of donation. The attitude and intention of the medical doctors is more positive comparison to the nursing. The professional status is the most important variable under study, as it differentiates attitudes and intentions of health care workers. It is necessary to promote the idea of donation through social services.

Key-words: Organ donation, Theory of Planned Behavior, transplantation.

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