J Korean Oncol Nurs.  2010 Aug;10(2):156-162.

Comparison of Meaning in Life and Death Attitude between Participants and Non-participants in Well-dying Education

  • 1Department of Nursing, Sahmyook University, Seoul, Korea. kangka@syu.ac.kr


The purposes of this study was to compare the meaning in life and death attitude between the participants and non-participants of the well-dying education program.
This study adopted the descriptive comparative design. Data were collected by interviewing 85 participants and 94 non-participants of well-dying education. The instruments used for this study were a self-report questionnaire.
There were significant differences in age, gender, marital status, health status, and volunteer experience. The program participants showed higher scores in the death attitude than non-participants. There were significant correlations between meaning in life and death attitude in participant group. Death attitude was significantly associated with meaning in life in participant group with 6.0% variance
Based on the results, well-dying education program was effective to prepare good death with more comprehensive vision. Therefore, this program should be served for patient with life-threatening illness by nurse and this is the expended role of oncology and hospice palliative nurses.


Death; Education; Life; Attitude

MeSH Terms

Marital Status
Surveys and Questionnaires
Vision, Ocular


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