Purpose: To examine whether Israeli mothers' intention to donate cord blood can be predicted using the Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB).
Study Design and Methods: A descriptive correlation study, employing the TPB. A questionnaire constructed based on a literature review of research on cord blood donation and on the TPB was administered to 207 Israeli women of childbearing age.
Results: Behavioral attitudes (women's total appraisal of cord blood donation), subjective norms (women's perception of the opinion of significant others regarding the specific behavior), and perceived behavioral control (women's total appraisal of their control of the behavior and perceived ease or difficulty of cord blood donation) were found to predict women's intention to donate cord blood.
Clinical Implications: Since behavioral attitudes, subjective norms, and behavioral control can predict cord blood donations, it is important for the medical and nursing staff to understand and use these concepts if they hope to obtain women's cooperation concerning cord blood donation. Nurses should receive education on the subject of cord blood donation, increasing their awareness. It is possible that this could lead to a rise in such donations in the future. Both mothers and fathers should be consulted about the option of donating cord blood.
The donation of cord blood is a controversial topic not only in the US, but also in other countries. These nurses asked what women know about this process, and what they wanted to know.
Merav Ben Natan is a Director of Pat Matthews School of Nursing, Hillel Yaffe Medical Center, Hadera, Israel; Department of Nursing, School of Health Professions, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel. She can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Keren Grinberg is a Nurse Educator at Pat Matthews School of Nursing, Hillel Yaffe Medical Center, Hadera, Israel.
Sharon Galula, Pat Matthews School of Nursing, Hillel Yaffe Medical Center, Hadera, Israel.
Michal Biton, Pat Matthews School of Nursing, Hillel Yaffe Medical Center, Hadera, Israel.
The authors declare no conflict of interest.