Effectiveness of the Gerundium Youth Educating Program in Hungary

E. Balogh, B. Szabó, A. K. Varga, B. Tóth, D. Kovács, L. Asztalos, B. Nemes

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The acceptance of brain death and the legitimation of organ transplantation is very much dependent on the general knowledge of the society. In Hungary, the legislation of brain death is based on presumed consent. There is no structural education about the topic so far. Aim: The role of the Gerundium program is to educate high school students about the importance of transplantation and the meaning of brain death. The goal of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of the Gerundium contemporary educational program in a pilot study. Method: The education was held by medical students who successfully completed a preparatory elective course consisting of relevant information in the topic. Medical students used simple language during the 45-minute presentations. Two tests with simple but representative questions created by experts were completed by high school students: one directly before contemporary education and another 5 to 6 weeks after the lecture. Results: A total of 147 tests were completed: 78 before and 69 after the presentation in the city of Debrecen and 294 before the lecture in the city of Győr. In Debrecen, the overall correct answers increased by 6.05% (P <.05; before vs after). The results show that the knowledge transfer is highly effective in this manner and the students know significantly more weeks after the lectures. Conclusion: There is much to do to broadly inform society about transplantation and brain death, but we will continue to increase the number of students and measure the dynamic change of the students' knowledge.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1209-1214
Number of pages6
JournalTransplantation Proceedings
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Transplantation

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    Balogh, E., Szabó, B., Varga, A. K., Tóth, B., Kovács, D., Asztalos, L., & Nemes, B. (2019). Effectiveness of the Gerundium Youth Educating Program in Hungary. Transplantation Proceedings, 51(4), 1209-1214. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.transproceed.2019.03.006