What is it about?

Folks who refuse transfusion often do so on religious grounds, which is the case with Jehovah's witnesses. In this essay, we try to explain the beliefs, as a mutual relationship can only occur when each party understands the other one. Too often, there is judgement in the face of transfusion refusal, which is not helpful. We try here to elucidate clues that can mobilize the patient's consideration, which does not mean that one succeeds in convincing for blood acceptance, but worth trying.

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Why is it important?

It is important to share the whereabouts about transfusion refusal in the ward because this situation can be unbearable for some dedicated personnel. A better understanding would be beneficial hopefully for the patient but also for health care personnel.


Writing this piece of work was a pleasure as it gave me the opportunity to carry on working with my scientific accomplice, Jean-Daniel Tissot. Further, I could realize that the position of Jehovah's Witnesses has changes over time (as I did several such surveys in the last decade) and this has allowed me to dessert about such a change.


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This page is a summary of: Transfusion and refusal: trials and tribulations, International Journal of Clinical Transfusion Medicine, July 2018, Dove Medical Press, DOI: 10.2147/ijctm.s150554.
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