A Convergence Study on the Decision and Attitude of Korean "life-prolonging medical care" according to whether or not religion

종교유무에 따른 한국인의 '연명의료' 결정과 태도에 관한 융합연구

  • Hwang, Hye-Jeong (Dept. of Healthcare&Welfare, Konyang Cyber University) ;
  • Kim, Kwang-Hwan (Dept. of Hospital Management, College of Medical Science, Konyang University)
  • 황혜정 (건양사이버대학교 보건의료복지학과) ;
  • 김광환 (건양대학교 의과학대학 병원경영학과)
  • Received : 2017.06.23
  • Accepted : 2017.08.20
  • Published : 2017.08.28


The purpose of this study was to investigate the degree of awareness of the concept of 'hospice palliative medical care' and decision of 'life-prolonging medical care' by the general public subjects. A survey was conducted on 346 participants and officials who participated in an event held in September 2016. As a result of the research, the subjects' responses results to the life-prolonging medical care decision showed that people with religion wanted natural death compared to people without religion, and had more active attitude toward decisions related to dignity death. Religion is an important factor that can influence perceptions of life and death, believing that afterlife is after death, so it is possible to take a more firm stance on the extension of meaningless life at the last minute. Therefore, in order to stabilize the hospice care and prescription medical decision law to the general public and to improve the quality of the death and the dignity of life, it is necessary to develop awareness through various educational programs in consideration of age, education level. In addition, education and promotion should be strengthened so that the general public can fully understand the knowledge of hospice palliative care and health care and government standardization and policies for hospice personnel and breeding programs will be urgent.


Life-prolonging medical care decision;Hospice palliative medical care;Palliative medical care;Public;Religion;Facing death process


Supported by : National Research Foundation of Korea


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