The awareness of medical department students about euthanasia

안락사에 대한 의료계열 학생들의 인식도

  • Lee, Hyun-Ju (Seoul Yonsei Hospital) ;
  • Kim, Jung Sun (Department of Emergency Medical Service, Konyang University) ;
  • Kim, Hoon (Department of Pharmaceutics & Biotechnology, Konyang University) ;
  • Kim, Chul-Tae (Department of Emergency Medical Service, Konyang University)
  • 이현주 (서울연세병원) ;
  • 김정선 (건양대학교 응급구조학과) ;
  • 김훈 (건양대학교 제약생명공학과) ;
  • 김철태 (건양대학교 응급구조학과)
  • Received : 2019.03.22
  • Accepted : 2019.04.14
  • Published : 2019.04.30


Purpose: This study examined medical college students' perception of euthanasia and analyzed whether there were significant differences in their perceptions based on their grade, religion, and economic situation. Methods: A questionnaire comprising items relating to students' knowledge about euthanasia, their economic situation relationships with patients, and the extent to which euthanasia would be allowed depending on the patient's condition. Results: Results by age and school year revealed there were no statistically significant differences concerning permissible levels of euthanasia. However, differences were found in the permissible levels of euthanasia according to changes in the patients' condition. Conclusion: It can be interpreted that students' personal values and religion had a great effect on the perception of euthanasia than the process of acquiring medical knowledge. The religion or values they have in your life affect your perception of euthanasia more than the process of acquiring and learning medical knowledge. The suffering of patients is the most important priority and it supports euthanasia on the grounds of relieving psychological distress for patients' families and the right of every patient to die gracefully. Nevertheless, considering the possibility of patient survival and euthanasia being used for murder, it is necessary to legislate the use of euthanasia and have the appropriate qualifications for its administration on patients.


Euthanasia;Religion;Value;Medical college;Students

Table 1. An analysis of the frequency of the subject's common matters

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Table 2. Permissibility of euthanasia to oneself recoverability

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Table 3. Permissibility of euthanasia by subjects

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Table 4. Differences in acceptance by gender

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Table 5. The degree of tolerance in different grades

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Table 6. A difference in the degree of acceptance by religion

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Table 7. Choice of euthanasia

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Table 8. Answer of yes or no to euthanasia

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