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Case Understanding End-of-Life Care Experiences: Focused on the Experiences of a Korean Hospice Care at-Home Center Director in Germany

  • 인문논총
  • 2024, 64(), pp.257-290
  • DOI : 10.33638/JHS.64.11
  • Publisher : Institute for Human studies, Kyungnam University
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities
  • Received : April 17, 2024
  • Accepted : June 14, 2024
  • Published : June 30, 2024

Yeung Ja Yang 1

1경남대학교

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this case study is to understand in depth how end-of-life care has been provided in German and Korea, based on the experiences of a Korean hospice care at-home center director in German. Therefore, data was collected by conducting the narrative interview with the center director, which was analyzed using the qualitative interview analyse method. As a result, before and after her emigration(1999), as a nurse, she provided medicalized care in Korea that focused on the birth of life, and in Germany that focused on “curing” and prolonging life, and did not care about end-of-life care. For A, end-of-care was therefore terra incognita. However, after moving to Germany, she experienced a death of her brother in law in Germany(2006) who had been a mentor for her, which sparked her interest in end-of-care and led to a shift in her care practice that transformed end-of-care into Terra Cognita. Since then, A has been working to improve her professionalization of end-of-life-care, and has fought to change the practice from medicalized care to providing end-of-life care. She then moved to a new position as a hospice care at-home center director to focus her life more on end-of-life care, and in her role as a director, she experienced a transformation in which end-of-life care became “life itself” for her. However, unlike in Germany, where end-of-life care has become commonplace with the social and political development, end-of-life care in Korea, where she experienced her mother’s dying and death online, was still perceived as lagging behind life-sustaining treatment. These findings suggest that end-of-life care is not only a matter of personal experience, but also a matter of political and practical experience at the national dimension. Based on these findings, some implications for social welfare in relation to end-of-life care were discussed.

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