S-Space College of Social Sciences (사회과학대학) Institute for Social Development and Policy Research (사회발전연구소) Development and Society Development and Society Vol.45 No.1/3 (2016)
Social Work Perspective: Comparing Korean Social Workers' Education and Knowledge of Advance Directives
- Han, Soo Youn
- Issue Date
- Institute for Social Development and Policy Research, Center for Social Sciences, Seoul National University
- Development and Society, Vol.45 No.2, pp. 255-274
- This study aimed to analyze the differences in the status of social workers education and knowledge level of advance directives between geriatric hospitals and long-term care facilities in South Korea. The study employed a quantitative research model of collecting data from 401 social workers with a structured questionnaire. Data were analyzed by descriptive statistics and an independent T-test, using the SPSS 21.0 program. It showed significant differences in medical knowledge of advance directives between those who work at geriatric hospitals and at long-term care facilities (2.20±0.87, 2.26±0.91, respectively; p<0.05). Knowledge level about artificial feeding tubes and hemodialysis was significantly lower among those at geriatric hospitals than those at long-term care facilities. The level of knowledge about medical and general areas of advance directives significantly differed based on their educational level in both geriatric hospitals and long-term care facilities. This study proposes the importance of the social workers knowledge level in assisting elderly patients and their family members in long-term care settings, suggesting the importance of developing educational programs and licensing regulations prior to enforcing of the Act on Decision over Hospice and Palliative care and Life-prolonging Care for Dying Patients.