Nursing and Health Vol. 3(1), pp. 14 - 21
DOI: 10.13189/nh.2015.030103
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Current Conditions and Worker Attitudes in End-of-Life Care for the Elderly in Korea


Masumi Goto 1,*, Naoko Morita 2, Fumie Katagiri 2, Toshiyuki Tsukamoto 3
1 Nursing and Rehabilitation Faculty, Chubu Gakuin University, Japan
2 Human and Social Services Faculty, Chubu Gakuin University, Japan
3 Faculty of Nursing and Social Welfare Sciences, Fukui Prefectural University, Yoshida-gun, Japan

ABSTRACT

Korea has led the way within Asia with its pioneering nursing care insurance system. This study examines the current state of end-of-life care for the elderly, along with future trends, based on surveys and interviews of managers and employees of institutions related to nursing care and nursing care insurance. Korea is seeing a gradual increase in its latter stage elderly population. It naturally follows that this puts pressure on dealing with end-of-life care, and this study revealed concern that the care environment cannot keep pace with the concurrent increase in medical needs. Korea's system restricts end-of-life care to hospital facilities, so care facility staff lack experience and certain kinds of awareness. Workers’ own attitudes toward life and death, as well as those toward caring for the sick, influence the quality of end-of-life care. It was found that these attitudes are significantly influenced by religious beliefs and work experience. Social workers had longer experience in caring for the infirm and a stronger tendency to be cognizant of care which focuses on a patient’s family. Results indicated that in the future, it will be necessary to consider how care workers can best think about and approach end-of-life care as a team.

KEYWORDS
Nursing Care Insurance, Elderly, End-of-Life Care, Social Workers, Nurses, Caregivers, Attitude toward Life and Death, Attitude toward Care

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(a). IEEE Format:
[1] Masumi Goto , Naoko Morita , Fumie Katagiri , Toshiyuki Tsukamoto , "Current Conditions and Worker Attitudes in End-of-Life Care for the Elderly in Korea," Nursing and Health, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 14 - 21, 2015. DOI: 10.13189/nh.2015.030103.

(b). APA Format:
Masumi Goto , Naoko Morita , Fumie Katagiri , Toshiyuki Tsukamoto (2015). Current Conditions and Worker Attitudes in End-of-Life Care for the Elderly in Korea. Nursing and Health, 3(1), 14 - 21. DOI: 10.13189/nh.2015.030103.