말기암환자 관리를 위해서 전문인력 교육은 필수적이다. 정부에서는 암관리법을 통해 호스피스완화의료의 양적 확대를 기반으로 전문 인력을 양성하기 위해 제2기 암정복 10개년 계획에서 전문인력 확충계획을 발표하였다. 그간, 호스피스완화의료 전문인력 훈련을 위한 표준교육 과정과 의사/간호사 e-learning에 이어 이번 사회복지사 e-learning을 개발하여 운영하게 되었다. 호스피스완화의료 현장에서 사회복지사는 호스피스완화의료 대상자들의 심리 사회적 문제를 해결하는 중추적 역할을 수행해왔으며, 우리나라 호스피스완화의료가 정착되고 제도화되기까지 현장에서 전문가의 책임과 역할을 다해오고 있다. 하지만 그간 사회복지사 직종을 위한 체계적인 교육 과정이 없는 실정으로 사회복지 실천 지식과 기술을 충분히 습득하는 데 어려움이 있었다. 이번 호스피스완화의료 사회복지사 e-learning 과정 개발을 통해 말기암환자를 돌보는 사회복지사의 정체성과 전문성, 임상현장에서의 실천능력이 함양되고 교육 접근성이 향상될 것이며, 향후 보수교육 과정을 통한 지속적인 전문성 보장을 위한 교육제도가 제도적으로 도입되어 더욱 발전하길 기대한다.
Education is essential for specialists in charge terminal care of cancer patients. In the second 10-year plan to conquer cancer under the Cancer Control Act, the Korean government announced a plan to train more hospice and palliative care (HPC) specialists based on quantitative HPC expansion. Specifically, the government aims to develop e-learning programs to foster social workers in HPC, following those offered to doctors and nurses. In HPC, social workers have served a vital role in helping patients overcome psychological and social issues. As professionals, they have carried out their responsibilities and played their part in the field to help HPC to take root and be institutionalized in Korea. To date, it has been difficult to obtain practical knowledge and skills for social workers due to the lack of systematic training program. Development of an e-learning program for social workers, as proposed in this study, should strengthen social workers in charge of terminally-ill cancer patients in terms of their identity, expertise, and practical skills in clinical setting and improve their access to education. We also hope the program to be further developed by the government by introducing an education system that offers refresher courses to guarantee social workers' continued expertise through.
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