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Predicting intention to biobank: a national survey

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Critchley, C and Nicol, D and Otlowski, MFA and Stranger, MJA, Predicting intention to biobank: a national survey, European Journal of Public Health, 22, (1) pp. 139-144. ISSN 1101-1262 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright The Author 2010. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the European Public Health Association

DOI: doi:10.1093/eurpub/ckq136

Abstract

Background: The success of human population biobanks are dependent on the publics' willingness to participate. This research aimed to determine those factors important in determining the public's intention to donate a biological sample to a publicly funded biobank, and allow that sample to be linked with medical records.

Methods: A national sample of 1000 Australians was surveyed via telephonic interviews. Questions included the reported likelihood that respondents would participate in biobank research, ratings of trust in biobanks, beliefs that biobank research will lead to improved health care and general ratings of comfort with blood taking and DNA analysis.

Results: The sample reported a high level of trust in university biobanks, a strong belief that biobank research will lead to improved health care and a strong willingness to participate in biobank research. Using structural equation modelling, trust in the biobank was found to be the most important determinant of intention to participate in biobank research, followed by general comfort with blood taking and DNA analysis, belief in health-care benefits and higher education. Gender, age, parental status and experience of genetic conditions were not significantly associated with intention to participate.

Conclusions: Australians are generally willing to participate in biobank research, and this is strongly determined by trust. While benefit beliefs and comfort with research are also relevant, higher trust was associated with intention regardless of these factors, suggesting reasons other than concern for improved health care are important in determining the publics' willingness to participate in biobank research.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:genetic research, trust, friends, donation
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Law
Research Field:Law not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the Law
Objective Field:Justice and the Law not elsewhere classified
Author:Nicol, D (Professor Dianne Nicol)
Author:Otlowski, MFA (Professor Margaret Otlowski)
Author:Stranger, MJA (Dr Mark Stranger)
ID Code:65898
Year Published:2012 (online first 2010)
Web of Science® Times Cited:22
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2010-12-08
Last Modified:2017-11-23
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