Supportive Care in Cancer

, Volume 21, Issue 10, pp 2707–2717

Developing competencies for multidisciplinary hospice and palliative care professionals in Korea

  • Jina Kang
  • Yeol Kim
  • Yang Suk Yoo
  • Jin Young Choi
  • Su Jin Koh
  • Hyun Jung Jho
  • Youn Seon Choi
  • Jeanno Park
  • Do Ho Moon
  • Do Yeun Kim
  • Yun Jung
  • Won Chul Kim
  • Seung Hee Lim
  • Seung Joo Hwang
  • Sang Ok Choe
  • Desiree Jones
Original Article



Competency-based assessment helps to improve performance and to standardize education programs for hospice and palliative care professionals. This paper aims to report the process and results of developing the hospice and palliative care competencies by multidisciplinary experts in Korea.


The competency development task force team of Korean hospice and palliative care professionals was comprised of seven physicians, four nurses, two social workers, and two clergy. To build consensus regarding competencies, the team performed a two-round Delphi survey. The importance of competency domains was assessed by using a 5-point Likert scale. After the completion of the Delphi survey, final competency domains were decided in a consensus meeting.


The competencies were composed of knowledge, skills, and attitudes. The competency domains were identified as the following: 11 domains and 16 subdomains for physicians, 11 domains for nurses, 5 domains and 15 subdomains for social workers, as well as 3 domains and 5 subdomains for spiritual care providers. The high importance domains were different by specialties. Physical care and treatment for physicians, symptom management for nurses, bereavement care for social workers, and communication for spiritual care providers were ranked as highly important. For nurses and spiritual care providers, attitude-related domains were ranked the highest in importance.


The competencies developed by multidisciplinary professionals are useful to identify the appropriate roles of each hospice and palliative care specialist involved in a team approach to patient care.


Competency Hospice Palliative care Delphi survey Education 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jina Kang
    • 1
  • Yeol Kim
    • 1
    • 4
    • 13
  • Yang Suk Yoo
    • 2
  • Jin Young Choi
    • 1
  • Su Jin Koh
    • 3
  • Hyun Jung Jho
    • 4
  • Youn Seon Choi
    • 5
  • Jeanno Park
    • 6
  • Do Ho Moon
    • 7
  • Do Yeun Kim
    • 8
  • Yun Jung
    • 2
  • Won Chul Kim
    • 9
  • Seung Hee Lim
    • 10
  • Seung Joo Hwang
    • 11
  • Sang Ok Choe
    • 12
  • Desiree Jones
    • 13
  1. 1.Hospice & Palliative Care BranchNational Cancer CenterGoyang-siRepublic of Korea
  2. 2.College of Nursing, The Catholic UniversitySeoulRepublic of Korea
  3. 3.Palliative Care Unit of Cancer CenterGood Samaritan HospitalPohangRepublic of Korea
  4. 4.Family Medicine Clinic, National Cancer CenterGoyangRepublic of Korea
  5. 5.Department of Family MedicineKorea University Guro HospitalSeoulRepublic of Korea
  6. 6.Palliative Care and Hospice CenterBobath Memorial HospitalSeongnamRepublic of Korea
  7. 7.Department of Internal MedicineSihwa General HospitalSihwaRepublic of Korea
  8. 8.Division of Hematology and Medical OncologyDongguk University Ilsan HospitalGoyangRepublic of Korea
  9. 9.Medical Social Services TeamKorea University Guro hospitalSeoulRepublic of Korea
  10. 10.Department of Social WelfareHanbuk UniversityDongducheonRepublic of Korea
  11. 11.Department of Family MedicineShin Cheon Union HospitalSiheungRepublic of Korea
  12. 12.Seoul, Dong Sung High schoolSeoulRepublic of Korea
  13. 13.Department of Symptom ResearchThe University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer CenterHoustonUSA

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