Increasing the upper age limit for blood donation: Perspectives from older donors

Franke A. Quee, Asghar Zeinali Lathori, Berdine Sijtsma, Sanne Bruijns, Katja van den Hurk

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Background and Objectives: In the Netherlands, as of April 2018, the upper age limit for blood donation has been raised from 69 to 79 years, providing an opportunity to study older donors' perspectives regarding donating at older age. This study aims to explore whether older donors agree with the increase of the age limit, if they feel obliged to continue donating, to identify their motivators and barriers for donating blood and describe donation-related experiences and complications. Materials and Methods: An online survey was distributed among Dutch blood donors aged 68–73 years. The survey contained questions regarding the increase of the upper age limit, motivations and barriers for donating, donation-related experiences and obligatory feelings to continue donating. Results: Six hundred sixty donors (55%) were included in the analyses, including 38 stopped donors. Most donors (92%) agreed with the increase of the upper age limit. Approximately 63% of participating donors felt obliged to continue donating, especially women with high education. Donors indicated they felt healthy enough to keep donating (95%), and 72% thought it is good for their health to keep donating. Few donors reported that they found it hard to keep donating (5%) or indicated that they did not feel healthy enough to donate or thought it was not safe for them anymore (3.4%). Conclusion: Most of the older donors agree with the increase of the upper age limit for blood donation, report only few and minor donation-related experiences or complications and are highly motivated to continue their donor career at an older age.
Original languageEnglish
JournalVox sanguinis
Early online date2024
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2024


  • barriers
  • blood donation
  • blood donor
  • motivation
  • perspectives
  • safety

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