This study explores how life events influence blood donation patterns. While using data from Statistics Denmark and Scandinavian Donations and Transfusion database, the study replicates a previously done Dutch study on life events and donor lapse. Here are some of the key findings:
Childbirth and losing a job increased the lapsing risk by 11% and 16%.
Health-related events in the family (blood transfusion, disease and death) decreased lapsing risk by 5%, 7% and 9%.
From this study can be concluded that life events are linked to donor lapsed in Danish population, which is in line with findings from the Dutch population. However, the differences in effect size and donor demographics highlight the importance of contextual factors in different countries' blood donor studies.
Full article: Life events and donor lapse among blood donors in Denmark. Tjeerd W Piersma, Eva-Maria Merz, Rene Bekkers, Wim L.A. de Kort, Steffen Anderson, Henrik Hjalgrim, Klaus Rostgaard, Kaspar R. Nielsen & Henrik Ullum.