Korean J Phys Anthropol.  2018 Dec;31(4):159-165. 10.11637/kjpa.2018.31.4.159.

Changes of Recognition to Death Before and After Observation on the Cadaver Dissection to Paramedical Students

  • 1Department of Emergency Medical Service, Kongju National University, Korea.
  • 2Department of Anatomy, College of Medicine, Chungnam National University, Korea. sikim@cnu.ac.kr


The aim of this study is to identify changes of recognition to death before and after observation on the cadaver dissection to paramedical students. This study was done on 472 freshmen using questionnaire survey. Recognition to death questionnaire was consisted of 36 items. Data were collected before and after observation on the cadaver dissection with agreement of subjects. The data were analyzed using SPSS win 24.0. This study showed that recognition to death was significantly increased after observation on the cadaver dissection (3.19 points) than before observation on the cadaver dissection (3.06 points) (p=.000). Especially, anxiety on death was significantly increased (p=.000), and interest in death was significantly increased, too (p=.000). The results of this study suggest that we need positively to encourage observation on the cadaver dissection for paramedical students with providing program to decrease anxiety on death because of not only improving anatomy knowledge but also increasing recognition to death.


Cadaver; Observation of dissection; Death; Recognition
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