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Opinions of Turkish Forensic Medicine Specialists about Concept of Death in Turkey

DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2015.359

 

ABSTRACT

Objectives: This investigation was performed to determine opinions of forensic medicine specialists about concept of death.

Methods: This descriptive, cross-sectional and qualitative study was performed on 103 forensic medicine specialists who consented to participate in the study between 2011–2012. Data were recruited during face to face interviews and via e-mail.

Results: Forensic medicine specialists participated in this study were mostly (74.8%) male, married (81.6%) with a mean age of 40.45 ± 6.85 years. A 24.3% of them were practicing their specialty for 11‒15 years. This study revealed that forensic medicine specialists demonstrate a lower level of death anxiety.

Conclusions: Forensic medicine specialists demonstrated a moderate level of avoidance attitude, while they manifested depressive mood towards death. The opinions of forensic medicine specialists about concept of death were somewhat determined in our study. 

Accepted: 
12 Aug, 2015
e-Published: 26 Jan, 2016

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