J Korean Geriatr Psychiatry.  2016 Apr;20(1):9-15. 10.0000/jkgp.2016.20.1.9.

A Study on the Propensity of Koreans in Choosing Dementia Care Settings

  • 1National Institute of Dementia, Seongnam, Korea. ujoungkim@nid.or.kr
  • 2Department of Psychiatry, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seongnam, Korea.
  • 3Department of Psychiatry, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 4Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Seoul National University College of Natural Sciences, Seoul, Korea.


This study was to investigate the factors that influence the propensity of Koreans in choosing care settings of dementia patients.
This study analyzed the data from the '2014 Nationwide Survey on Dementia Awareness of Koreans' that was conducted by the National Institute of Dementia. Korean's perception of care burden for dementia was measured with grading on its types. Also its influences on preference for care between facilities and homes were evaluated using multivariate analysis with socio-demographic characteristics.
In terms of preferred care settings, respondents preferred facilities over homes in case of themselves and their family, respectively 77.5% and 68.2%. The preference for facilities was significantly influenced by the respondents' age for both themselves and their family. Additionally, the perception of relatively higher emotional and physical burden compared to economic burden significantly influenced preference for facilities for their family.
Improving public awareness and setting-up a practical social supporting system are needed to reduce emotional and physical burden as well as economic burden of dementia. Furthermore, building up an appropriate and safer communities for dementia patients and their caregivers is much demanded for reducing their burdens.


Dementia; Caregiver burden; Care type
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