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CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES IN CLINICAL ETHICS WITH THE IMPLEMENTATION OF KOREA'S END-OF-LIFE ACT

Title
CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES IN CLINICAL ETHICS WITH THE IMPLEMENTATION OF KOREA'S END-OF-LIFE ACT
Authors
Kim, Claire Junga
Ewha Authors
김정아
SCOPUS Author ID
김정아scopus
Issue Date
2019
Journal Title
ACTA BIOETHICA
ISSN
1726-569XJCR Link
Citation
ACTA BIOETHICA vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 177 - 186
Keywords
Clinical ethicsHospital ethics committeeEthics consultationLife-sustaining treatmentEnd-of-life careSelf-determination
Publisher
UNIV CHILE, CENTRO INTERDISCIPLINARIO ESTUDIOS BIOETICA
Indexed
SCIE; SSCI; SCOPUS WOS
Document Type
Article
Abstract
This paper examines the possible impacts of the Act on Decisions on Life-Sustaining Treatment for Patients in Hospice and Palliative Care or at the End of Life in Korea (Korea's end-of-life act), legislated in 2016, on the development of hospital ethics committees and clinical ethics consultation services in South Korea. Clinical ethics in Korea has not made much progress in comparison to other subdisciplines of biomedical ethics. While the enactment of this law may give rise to beneficial clinical ethics services, it is possible that customary practices and traditional authorities in Korean society will come into conflict with the norms of clinical ethics. This paper examines how the three main agents of Korean society-family, government, and medical professionals-may clash with end-of-life stage norms in clinical ethics, thus posing obstacles to the development of hospital committees and consultation services. A brief outline of what lies ahead for the progress of clinical ethics practice is explored.
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