OBJECTIVE: Although transplantation medicine has been continuously improving, its impact on the general population needs to be evaluated. This study describes the global community interest in solid organ transplantation (SOT) using Google Trends, comparing relative search volumes (RSVs) and data from the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Observatory on Donation and Transplantation (GODT) regarding SOT activity all around the world.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: The online interest for the search terms “kidney transplantation”, “liver transplantation”, “heart transplantation” and “lung transplantation” was measured, evaluating RSVs and the number of worldwide SOT recorded in the GODT website from 2008 to 2018.
RESULTS: The mean values of RSVs were 51.7±16.8 for liver transplantation, 39.8±9.6 for kidney transplantation, 22.4±7.4 for heart transplantation and 15.4±5.2 for lung transplantation, and these values gradually reduced during the study period. Anglo Saxon countries had the highest interest for SOT, and the mean values of RSVs per year and annual numbers of SOT were inversely correlated.
CONCLUSIONS: Despite the apparent interest and awareness, we found that public interest in SOT is decreasing. Access to information is crucial for improving understanding of transplantation and motivation to donate. Health care professionals could take advantage by using the internet, and evaluation of RSVs could represent valuable feedback.
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R. Cappadona, A. De Giorgi, E. Di Simone, M. Di Muzio, F. Di Muzio, F. Di Muzio, N. Lamberti, F. Manfredini, A. Storari, R. Manfredini, F. Fabbian
Infodemiology of solid organ transplantation: relationship to the Global Observatory on Donation and Transplantation data
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