Korean J Hosp Palliat Care.  2012 Mar;15(1):36-39.

Exploring Social Care Services for People with Cancer in Australia and Korea

Affiliations
  • 1Candidate in Faculty of Education and Social Work, The University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
  • 2Social Work Team, KyungHee University Hospital at Gangdong, Seoul, Korea. gslee@khnmc.or.kr

Abstract

PURPOSE
Cancer patients require emotional, financial and practical support as well as information/advice regarding their illness. This study aims to explore opportunities and barriers for the provision of the social support services in Australia and Korea.
METHODS
The survey was carried out by an email questionnaire for social workers in Australia and Korea, and collected data were analyzed using a thematic analysis by Braun and Clarke.
RESULTS
In Australia and Korea, various types of social support were available for cancer patients. However, social support for cancer patients should be better understood first in Korea, and more personalized support is needed in Australia.
CONCLUSION
These findings will ultimately help to improve social support services for cancer patients in Korea an Australia, through grasping the current state and making up for the weak points.

Keyword

Neoplasms; Patients; Hospice care; Social work; Social support; Australia; Korea

MeSH Terms

Australia
Electronic Mail
Hand Strength
Hospice Care
Humans
Korea
Social Workers
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