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Table 1 Demographic characteristics of the opt-in, deemed consent, not sure and opt-out free-text respondents

From: ‘If I donate my organs it’s a gift, if you take them it’s theft’: a qualitative study of planned donor decisions under opt-out legislation

  Opt-in (n = 646) Deemed consent (n = 205) Not sure (n = 40) Opt-out (n = 32)
Age (SD) 38.38 (12.04) 43.97 (12.76) 46.47 (12.46) 47.47 (16.22)
Gender
 Male 98 (15.2%) 53 (25.9%) 11 (27.5%) 7 (21.9%)
 Female 540 (83.6%) 150 (73.2%) 29 (72.5%) 24 (75%)
 Othera. 8 (1.2%) 2 (1.0%) 0 1 (3.12%)
Education Level
 Lower Education 277 (42.9%) 90 (43.9%) 20 (50.0%) 16 (50%)
 Higher Educationb 369 (57.1%) 115 (56.1%) 19 (47.5%) 16 (50%)
Employment Status
 Employed 464 (71.8%) 145 (70.7%) 27 (67.5%) 17 (53.1%)
 Unemployed 20 (3.1%) 5 (2.4%) 2 (5.0%) 0
 Student 94 (14.6%) 20 (9.8%) 2 (5.0%) 4 (12.5%)
 Retired 27 (4.2%) 21 (10.2%) 5 (12.5%) 9 (28.1%)
 Other 40 (6.2%) 12 (5.9%) 4 (10.0%) 2 (6.3%)
Religious Beliefsc
 No Religion 350 (54.2%) 107 (52.2%) 18 (45.0%) 14 (43.8%)
 Christian 266 (41.2%) 86 (42.0%) 21 (52.5%) 16 (50.0%)
 Roman Catholic 3 (0.5%) 1 (0.5%) 0 0
 Jewish 2 (0.3%) 1 (0.5%) 0 0
 Other 25 (3.9%) 10 (4.8%) 1 (2.5%) 2 (6.2%)
Organ Donor Status
 Yes 571 (88.4%) 107 (52.2%) 6 (15.0%) 4 (12.5%)
 No 35 (5.4%) 72 (35.1%) 31 (77.5%) 28 (87.5%)
 Not Sure 40 (6.2%) 26 (12.7%) 3 (7.5%) 0
  1. Note.a 4 individuals from the opt-in group identified as transgender. 7 respondents did not state their gender, 4 from the opt-in group, 2 from the deemed consent group and 1 from opt-out respondents. b Higher education was categorised as completion of a bachelor’s degree. c Muslim, Hindu and Sikh were included as independent categories however, no respondents reported to follow these beliefs