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A STUDY OF BIOETHICAL KNOWLEDGE AND PERCEPTIONS IN KOREA

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Sujin Kim, 339 Lucille Little Building, College of Communication & Information Studies, Dept. Of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, University of Kentucky, Lexington KY 40506-0224, USA. Email: sujinkim@uky.edu

ABSTRACT

This study assessed the knowledge and perception of human biological materials (HBM) and biorepositories among three study groups in South Korea. The relationship between the knowledge and the perception among different groups was also examined by using factor and regression analyses. In a self-reporting survey of 440 respondents, the expert group was found more likely to be knowledgeable and positively perceived than the others. Four factors emerged: Sale and Consent, Flexible Use, Self-Confidence, and Korean Bioethics and Biosafety Action restriction perception. The results indicate that those who are well aware of the existence of biobanks were more positively inclined to receive the Sale and Consent perception. As a result of the need for high quality HBMs and the use of appropriate sampling procedures for every aspect of the collection and use process, the biorepository community should pay attention to ethical, legal, and policy issues.

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