The Ethical Attitude of Emergency Physicians Toward Resuscitation in Korea

Hyuna Bae, Sangjin Lee, Hye Young Jang

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This study was conducted to assess the various ethical attitudes of emergency specialists in Korea toward resuscitation. A questionnaire investigating the following key topics concerning the ethics of resuscitation was sent to emergency specialists in Korea: when not to attempt resuscitation, when to stop resuscitation, withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment, diagnosis of death by non-physicians, permission for family members to stay with the patient during resuscitation, and teaching with the body of the recently deceased patient. We found broad variation in medical practice at patient death and in the ethical considerations held and followed by emergency physicians (EPs) during resuscitation in Korea. Initiating and concluding resuscitation attempts were practiced according to ethical and cultural norms, as well as medical conditions. Guidelines for resuscitation ethics that are based on the Korean medico-legal background need to be developed. Education of EPs to solve the ethical dilemma in resuscitation is needed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)485-490
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Emergency Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - May 2008


  • education
  • emergency physicians
  • ethics
  • resuscitation


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