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Yoon Jin Seo 1 Article
A Study on the Type of Role Awareness for Medical Institutions Home Health Care Specialists: A Q-Methodological Approach
Yoon Jin Seo, Mi Ra Nam, Ok Hee Anh
J Korean Acad Community Health Nurs. 2005;16(3):320-328.   Published online September 30, 2005
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PURPOSE
This study is to identify the types of role awareness of home health care specialists working at medical institutions, to understand their role awareness correctly by grasping the quality of each type, and to provide useful help in the education of home health care specialists.
METHOD
Q-methodology is used to objectify role awareness of medical institution specialists who may recognize situations differently according to their individual experience and comprehension based on the view of behavior. Q-classification was carried out on 30 home health care specialists working at medical institutions using 30 selected questions. Collected data were examined through factor analysis using QUANL PC program.
RESULTS
Three different types of role awareness of home health care specialists working at medical institutions were identified. Type I is "educational-function-centered", Type II "patient-centered" and Type III "professional-service-centered".
CONCLUSION
Regardless of these types, home health care specialists commonly had a high pride as a specialist and a sense of mission regarding themselves as important persons responsible for patients' health.

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