Analysis of State Actions Regarding Donor Registries. Public Awareness and Education


State legislation affects the development of registries through public education in three general ways: increasing opportunities to make a financial gift to donor awareness trust funds, expanding organ and tissue donation educational programs to schools and public events, and creating multimedia campaigns. Increased funds and wider educational efforts should increase the number of individuals aware of organ and tissue donation and augment the number of people who indicate a willingness to become a donor. Increased public awareness of donation and donor registries could potentially lead to greater state support and a more effective donor registry system. The success of these varying educational and public awareness programs should be evaluated to ensure an effective methodology and efficient use of resources.