Dr. Afaf Arif, Dr. Maham Iqbal, Dr. Sehar Sarfraz
Aim: Blood donation is very crucial in saving lives. Blood and blood products are needed in many lifesaving procedures, globally. To our despair the demand of blood always exceeds its supply. Therefore, the aim of this study is to highlight the misconceptions and myths about blood donation among patients of age group 15-46 years, their prevalence and the association between misconceptions and sex, socioeconomic status, literacy rate in the study population. Method: A cross sectional study was conducted in the OPD of Sir Gangaram hospital, Lahore from 1st July 2020 to 30th September 2020. A self-administered questionnaire was given to the patients and their attendants coming to medical, surgical and gynecological OPD of SGRH. The data was collected and the conclusion was made accordingly. Result: Out of 141 respondents, female were predominant 70.2 % and male were 29 %.81.6% of respondents have never donated blood out of which 93 negative responses were of females and 21 were male. 45 percent female believed that blood donation was associated with increased weakness.54% percent believed that blood donation cannot lead to hepatitis or AIDS. Conclusion: The knowledge about blood donation is not up to the mark and hence has led to many misconceptions regarding it.