On approach to addressing the continual shortage of organ donors is to encourage people to join a state donor registry. Joining the registry saves time and assures family members that organ donation is what their loved one would want. However, fewer than half of adults have taken this step. We tested a brief, web-based training program for department of motor vehicles (DMV) staff that educates them about organ and tissue donation and also models the correct way to interact with customers. The intervention was developed with extensive input and active participation from DMV staff. After a small-scale pilot test, all DMV offices across the state of West Virginia (WV) were randomized to receive the training or serve as a comparison group. The results showed that customers of DMV staff who had received the training were 7.5% more likely to register as organ donors. A conservative estimate is that this generates approximately 800 additional donor designations per month. An important aspect of web-based training is that once it has been deployed, it can continue to be used without incurring additional cost; the state of WV currently requires all new employees to complete the training program. This type of training can be adopted nationwide.
Effect of web-based training for department of motor vehicle staff on donor designation rates
Results of a statewide randomized trial
Degenholtz, H. B., Resnick, A., Tang, Y., Razdan, M., & Enos, M. (2015). Effect of web-based training for department of motor vehicle staff on donor designation rates: Results of a statewide randomized trial. American Journal of Transplantation, 15(5), 1376-1383. https://doi.org/10.1111/ajt.13117
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