In an attempt to broaden the use of the Korea Welfare Panel Study (KoWePS), the Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs(KIHASA) has for some years published various reports and conference proceedings. This report, written in 2018, is an in-depth analysis of KoWePS. This report was begun with the intention of introducing the KoWePS and disseminating its outcomes to interested research institutions and researchers around the world. This report explores the KoWePS from an international perspective, putting it in comparison with some of the major panel studies in other countries. We traced the processes through which these panels evolved over time and were made widely available and used in research and policy-making. This report focuses on some of the major long-standing panel surveys that have been conducted in the US, the UK, Europe and Asia. With the view to broadening the use of KoWePS, we had the Questionnaires and the User’s guide translated into English. The panel surveys this study examined include the US’s PSID, the UK’s BHPS, Germany’s SOEP, Japan’s JHPS/KHPS and Taiwan’s PSFD. In detail, we examined various aspects of the surveys, including their backgrounds, rationale, samples, sampling weights, questionnaires and data use, and drew policy implications for KoWePS. The authors hope that this report will be of use to those looking to improve KoWePS, which we hope will remain a rich source of authentic data for research and national policy-making.
The health and social welfare sector is changing from a provider-oriented to a consumer-oriented customized service system. It is important to use social big data to readily recognize these changes and to identify issues in the health and welfare sector. The use of social big data is on increasing demand as big data analytics has improved rapidly and an ever-growing amount of unstructured big data is available for collection and analysis. In this study, we examined health and welfare issues related to blockchain technology, which is widely regarded as an essential feature of the fourth industrial revolution era. The issue of blockchain first came to the fore of social attention in connection with crypto-currency. But the blockchain technology is evolving rapidly and its use is increasing across both the private and public sectors. Here, blockchain keywords and documents related to health and welfare keywords are collected together to see how blockchain technology is being used in health and social welfare. In order to investigate differences in priority issues in blockchain technology between Korea and other countries, we collected relevant data between issues in Korean documents and issues in English documents, Korean and English documents were analyzed and presented. The collected documents on blockchain technology which were mostly on the documents written in Korean were those published mostly in 2018; the documents written in English were mostly from 2017 and 2018, mostly addressing health issues. In the topic model, it can be judged that the topic of the English document is more appropriately classified than the Korean document.
In Korea, climate change and high temperatures have a significant impact on health and society as a whole. We aimed to provide a meta- analysis of epidemiologic evidence regarding high temperature- related mortality in Korea. The pooled results suggest that for a change in temperature condition, the risk of total mortality increased 5% (95% CI: 3-6%) for 1℃ increase, 8% (95% CI: 2-14%) for heatwave exposure. However, it was difficult to identify differences in risk of mortality by gender, age, region and cause of death due to high temperatures and to assess the impact of heatwave on mortality under different heatwave definitions. Nevertheless, it was possible to ensure that the risk of mortality over 75 was higher than that under 75 for heatwave exposure. High temperatures were also associated with increased risk of death for cardiovascular disease and respiratory diseases. It is necessary to define groups that are sensitive to high temperatures and to identify the magnitude of their impact in the future, and to provide in-depth studies of the temperature threshold that the country and the community should respond to.
Independent mental health advocacy is emerging as a way of protecting and promoting the rights of people subject to mental health legislation. The existence of mental health legislation is controversial because it places limits on individual autonomy. The introduction of IMHA to protect rights in this context, however, represents a move towards supported decision-making, in line with the United Nations Convention of the Rights of Disabled People. Advocacy has its roots in the service user movement and survivor activism and its incorporation into law is a relatively new development. This article considers on the evolution of IMHA and the experience of IMHA to date, to reflect on the achievements and limitations of IMHA and the implications for future development.
The 22nd Global Social Security Forum: the Social Security Systems of China and KoreaTuesday, 10 September 2019 - 9:40 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.Ivy Hall(19th Floor), Hotel President Program 9:40-9:50 Registration 9:50-10:00 Keynote Speech: Zheng Gong-Cheong, President, China Association of Social Security; Heung-Seek Cho, President, KIHASA 10:00-10:20 Presentation 1: "Reforms and Development of China's Social Security," Zheng Gong-Cheng, President, China Association of Social Security 10:20-10:40 Presentation 2: "Current Trends in Korea's Social Security," Heung-Seek Cho, President, KIHASA 10:40-11:00 Presentation 3: "Current Trends in China's Pension Insurance Policy," Yang Jun, Professor, Renmin University of China 11:00-11:10 Coffee Break 11:10-11:30 Presentation 4: "Korea's Health Security System: Current Trends and Challenges," Hee-Chung Kang, Research Fellow, KIHASA 11:30-12:20 Discussion: Byung Cheol Kim, Research Fellow, Renmin University of China; Cai Zehao, Professor, China University of Labor Relations; Tae-Kyun Yoo, Professor, Soongsil University; Young Jun Choi, Professor, Yonsei University ※ Please email at E.email@example.com for required preregistration for your participation by no later than 6 September.
The International Symposium on Better Access toward Community-Based Mental Health ServiceTuesday, 13 August 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.Mozart Hall(31st Floor), Hotel President, SeoulHosted by KIHASA and the National Center for Mental Health Program 09:30-10:00 Registration 10:00-10:30 Opening Ceremony Opening Remarks by Heung-Seek Cho, President of KIHASA; Chul Lee, President, National Center for Mental Health 10:30-12:50 Session: Improving Access to Community Mental Health Services Moderated by Tae Yeon Hwang, Director, Division of Public Mental Health Services, National Center for Mental Health PT 1: The Evolution and State of Community Mental Health Policy and Practices in England, David McDaid, Professor, London School of Economics and Political Science PT 2: Access to Community Mental Health Services in the United States: Then, Now, and Later?, Neil Jordan, Professor, Northwestern University-Feinberg School of Medicine PT 3: Community-Based Alcohol and Drug Treatment: Experiences from Australia, Alison Ritter, Professor, University of New South Wales PT 4: The Mental Health Welfare System of Korea and the Task of Community Care, Joon Hee Jeon, Director, Hwasung City Mental Health Welfare Center Discussants: Yong Joo Lee, Professor of Dongduk Women's University; Jina Jun, Research Fellow of KIHASA; Keun Ho Cho, Chief, Department of Mental Health Services, National Center for Mental Health; Sun Mi Hong, Professor of Hanshin University 12:50-13:00 Closing Ceremony