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Current Status of Traditional Korean Medicine Services in Public Sector: A Study for Integrating Traditional Korean Medicine into Community Care System

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Department of Policy Development, National Development Institute of Korean Medicine, Seoul 04554, Korea
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National Agency for Development of Innovative technologies in Korean Medicine, Seoul 04554, Korea
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Research Institute of Korean Medicine Policy, The Association of Korean Medicine, Seoul 07525, Korea
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Chung-Yeon Central Institute, Gwangju 61949, Korea
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Graduate School of Social Welfare, Soongsil University, Seoul 06978, Korea
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Department of Health and Welfare, Yuhan University, Bucheon 14780, Korea
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Division of Clinical Medicine, School of Korean Medicine, Pusan National University, Yangsan 50612, Korea
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Department of Preventive Medicine, College of Korean Medicine, Woosuk University, Wanju 55338, Korea
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Academic Editor: Munjae Lee
Healthcare 2021, 9(5), 493; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9050493
Received: 25 March 2021 / Revised: 21 April 2021 / Accepted: 21 April 2021 / Published: 22 April 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Healthcare Strategy and Community Care)
Korea is currently executing a pilot program for community care of its aging population and aims to implement community care systems on a national scale by 2025. This study examines the traditional Korean medicine (TKM) service to be provided within community care by understanding the current status of TKM services. The Ministry of Health and Welfare (MoHW) sent official letters to 242 local governments (cities, districts, and counties) from October to November 2019 to survey the status of the public TKM services provided in 2018. The items of the survey included basic demographic information as well as information that could reveal how the program was implemented. In 112 local government jurisdictions (response rate 46.3%), a total of 867 TKM service programs were in place. As a result of the survey, it was revealed that they did not have any service manuals or evaluation results. To provide home-care-based TKM service for the elderly as an integrated part of a community care system, it is necessary to develop, distribute, and evaluate a standard service manual including an evaluation index by the central government. View Full-Text
Keywords: traditional Korean medicine; community care; public service traditional Korean medicine; community care; public service
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Sung, S.-H.; Park, M.; Kim, J.; Jeon, S.-W.; Sung, A.D.-M.; Lee, E.-J.; Oh, D.; Park, J.-Y.; Park, J.-K.; Kim, K.H. Current Status of Traditional Korean Medicine Services in Public Sector: A Study for Integrating Traditional Korean Medicine into Community Care System. Healthcare 2021, 9, 493. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9050493

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Sung S-H, Park M, Kim J, Jeon S-W, Sung AD-M, Lee E-J, Oh D, Park J-Y, Park J-K, Kim KH. Current Status of Traditional Korean Medicine Services in Public Sector: A Study for Integrating Traditional Korean Medicine into Community Care System. Healthcare. 2021; 9(5):493. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9050493

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Sung, Soo-Hyun, Minjung Park, Jihye Kim, Sun-Woo Jeon, Angela D.-M. Sung, Eun-Jin Lee, Danny Oh, Jung-Youn Park, Jang-Kyung Park, and Kyeong H. Kim 2021. "Current Status of Traditional Korean Medicine Services in Public Sector: A Study for Integrating Traditional Korean Medicine into Community Care System" Healthcare 9, no. 5: 493. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9050493

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