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Effects of Consciousness of Biomedical Ethics and Critical Thinking Disposition on Attitude toward Withdrawal of Life-Sustaining Treatment among Nursing Students

간호대학생의 생명의료윤리의식, 비판적 사고성향이 연명치료중단에 대한 태도에 미치는 영향

  • Received : 2018.06.22
  • Accepted : 2018.09.20
  • Published : 2018.09.28

Abstract

This research was a descriptive study to investigate the effects of nursing students' biomedical ethics, and critical thinking on attitudes toward withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment. The Participant were 367 nursing students and date were collected from November until December of 2017. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, t-test, ANOVA, Pearson correlation, and multiple regression with SPSS/WIN 21.0. There was a significant positive correlation between attitudes toward withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment. Also, the influencing factor on attitudes toward withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment were biomedical ethics, academic grade, subjective health status, and personality types. These factors explained 36.6% of variance. In conclusion, the higher the awareness of biomedical ethics, the more positive attitude toward the withdrawal of lifelong treatment. Based on the results above, we need to develop diverse and systematic educational programs for nursing students.

Keywords

Biomedical ethics;Critical thinking;Life-sustaining treatment;Attitude;Nursing student

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Acknowledgement

Supported by : Gwangju University