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Difference between Medical Students and Nursing Students about Awareness and Attitude toward Withdrawal of Life-Sustaining Medical Treatment

연명치료 중단 인식과 태도에 대한 의대생과 간호대생의 차이

  • Jeon, Jaehee (Department of Nursing, Gangneung-Wonju National University)
  • 전재희 (국립강릉원주대학교 간호학과)
  • Received : 2019.06.04
  • Accepted : 2019.08.20
  • Published : 2019.08.28

Abstract

This study is a descriptive research to measure the awareness and attitude toward withdrawal of life-sustaining medical treatment (WLSMT) among medical and nursing students. The data collection was conducted between 8 October and 15 November 2018, and the responses of 240 students were analyzed. The analysis results are as follows. More than 95 percent of medical and nursing students said the WLSMT was necessary. The medical students answered that 'patient's will' is important and nursing student answered that 'patient and family's will' is important. The nursing student showed that "family will and decision" was more important than the medical student in deciding to discontinue life care. Based on the results of the study, continuous discussion on the development and application of education programs to form attitudes and awareness of the discontinuation of life-saving treatments based on correct values is needed for prospective medical students and nursing students.

Keywords

Attitude;Awareness;Medical student;Nursing student;Withdrawal of life-sustaining medical treatment

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