In the introduction to our article “Raising awareness of organ donation”  several phrases were taken from the following two articles without offering proper reference to these publications: “Who Signs an Organ Transplant Donor Card? A Study of Personality and Individual Differences in a Sample of Israeli University Students”, by Avi Besser, Marianne Amir and Sharon Barkan ; "The Organ Donation Process: Causes of the Organ Shortage and Approaches to the Solution: An Analysis of the Content and Methods of Available Studies" by Stefan M. Gold, Karl-Heinz Schulz and Uwe Koch .
We regret that we violated the authors’ right and apologise for these erroneous citations. Although these errors concerned phrasing rather than research findings, and despite the fact that this does not at all affect any of the data of the study, nor the interpretation of the data, nor the conclusion that we draw, we nevertheless believe an apology is due.
1 Schulz PJ, Hartung U, Haes J, Tomada A. Raising awareness of organ donation. Swiss Med Wkly. 2007;137(Suppl 155):132S–7S. PubMed
2 Besser A, Amir M, Barkan S. Who Signs an Organ Transplant Donor Card? A Study of Personality and Individual Differences in a Sample of Israeli University Students. Pers Individ Dif. 2004;36(7):1709–23. doi:. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2003.07.012
3 Gold SM, Schulz K-H, Koch U. The Organ Donation Process: Causes of the Organ Shortage and Approaches to the Solution: An Analysis of the Content and Methods of Available Studies. Cologne: Federal Centre for Health Education; 2001.
Correspondence:, Prof. Dr Peter J. Schulz, Director Institute of Communication and Health Faculty of Communication Sciences, University of Lugano, Via G. Buffi 13, CH-6900 Lugano, schulzp[at]usi.ch
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