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To integrate biobanks into the Moroccan health system and to promote biobanks-based research projects, it is necessary to explore the knowledge of patients, their attitudes toward biobanks, and the reasons that motivate them to participate in biobanks. Face-to-face interviews were conducted with patients, and data were analyzed using One thousand one hundred thirty-three questionnaires were completed. The mean age of patients was 47.74 years (SD 15.26 years). More women (69%) were involved in this survey. Of the respondents, 97% had never heard of the term "biobanks." Knowledge of biobanks varied significantly with respondents' education level. Overall, 80.7% of the participants ( = 914) expressed their willingness to participate in biobanking through donation of biospecimens associated with personnel and health data. Willingness to participate in biobanks was significantly associated with gender and age. We found that the main barriers to participation in biobanks were the lack of trust in biomedical research and concerns about privacy. When asked about the preferred type of consent, the majority of patients (75%) opted for a one-time consent. Despite the lack of knowledge of biobanks among patients in Eastern Morocco, the majority of them expressed willingness to participate in biobanking through donation of biospecimens. However, active participation depended upon a number of factors, notably, the trust in biomedical research and privacy. Therefore, more efforts are needed to increase awareness and promote wider participation in biobanking.
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Name: Biopreservation and biobanking
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