A study of bioethical knowledge and perceptions in Korea

Young Joon Park, Sujin Kim, Aeree Kim, Seung Yeon Ha, Young Mee Lee, Bong Kyung Shin, Hyun Joo Lee, Soojin Park, Han Kyeom Kim

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)309-322
Number of pages14
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Jul


  • Factor analysis
  • Human biorepository network
  • Korean bioethics
  • Regression analysis
  • Tissue banks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Philosophy
  • Health Policy


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