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2018, Vol.21, No.1

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    Revisions to the Korean Medical Association’s Code of Ethics and Self-Regulation Based on Medical Professionalism

    PARK Seokgun , CHEONG Yoo-Seock | 2018, 21(1) | pp.1~14 | number of Cited : 4
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    In 2017, the Korean Medical Association (KMA) revised its Code of Ethics at the request of the Korean Society for Medical Education. Through this revised Code, which incorporates the concept of medical professionalism, the KMA hopes to strengthen and improve its self-regulatory powers. This article examines different aspects of self-regulation and explores the connection between self-regulation and medical professionalism. Using the examples of maintenance of competency and the management of conflict of interests, it is argued that medical professionalism is the goal of self-regulation. Additionally, since medical professionalism cannot be implemented through the efforts of individual doctors or even medical institutions without broader social support, it is suggested that society as a whole should be fully informed of the importance of self-regulation and medical professionalism.
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    A Proposal for a Research Ethics Advisory Service as a System Suitable for a Changing Research Environment

    LEE EUNYOUNG , Seung Gyeong Jang , LEE Ilhak | 2018, 21(1) | pp.15~31 | number of Cited : 0
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    As biomedical research becomes more interdisciplinary and subjects more diversified, an increasing emphasis is being placed on the ethics of biomedical research. Conventional research ethics is based on the oversight of institutional review boards (IRBs), which are commonly criticized for being ineffective in today’s changing research environment. Although various suggestions have been made concerning how to improve IRB-based research ethics, relatively little attention has been given to the perspective of organizational ethics. Yet in order to improve the decision-making of individual researchers it is crucial to understand the structure of the organizations in which those decisions are made. Research ethics consultation(REC) takes a systemic approach to organizational ethics and assists the decisions and practices of both individuals as well as organizations. This article argues for the necessity of REC and describes how REC services should be structured.
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    The Sexual Harassment of Residents by Professors in University Hospitals

    PARK Chang-Bum | 2018, 21(1) | pp.32~53 | number of Cited : 0
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    The sexual harassment of residents by professors in university hospitals has recently received significant public attention. Causal factors contributing to this form of sexual harassment include the hierarchical and authoritarian working culture in university hospitals, the tradition of semi-coercive social gatherings, the sense of tribalism among professors, and the structure of resident training programs. This article makes several policy proposals for eliminating or reducing instances of sexual harassment of residents by university professors, including the implementation of practical education programs for professors and strong punishment for offenders, such as salary reductions, short-term suspensions, and even dismissal. The culture of drinking in semi-coercive social gatherings must also be eradicated, and residents must be able to move easily to other training hospitals to protect themselves from sexual harassment. However, in order for such changes to take place, government action in the form of new legislation is required.
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    The Attitude of Nurses in Person-Centered Nursing: a Q-Methodological Approach

    LEE Jinju , JO Kaehwa | 2018, 21(1) | pp.54~71 | number of Cited : 3
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    This article describes an exploratory study undertaken to identify the types of attitudes clinical nurses have toward person-centered nursing and to explain the characteristics of each type. In this study, 42 clinical nurses working at hospitals in Daegu and Kyungbuk were selected as a P sample through convenience sampling, and 37 Q samples were allocated according to a normal distribution. The collected data were analyzed using a PC-QUANL program (ver. 0.74; DOSBox). Three types of attitudes toward personcentered care were identified: Type I (a ‘Holistic care pursuit type’), Type II (a ‘care environment support type’), and Type III (a ‘relation oriented type’). The total variance explained by these types was 55.9%. The results of this study indicate that intervention strategies corresponding to all three attitude types should be implemented in person-centered nursing.