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Kim, Jo, Bong, Sung, Cho, and Kim: A Qualitative Research on the Treatment Experiences of Patients with Serious Injury in Traffic Accidents Treated with Traditional Korean Medicine



The purpose of this study is to understand the experience of traffic accident patients with serious injury treated with Traditional Korean Medicine (TKM).


This study was conducted on the basis of grounded theory. We recruited 10 participants who had been hospitalized in Dongguk University Bundang Oriental Hospital after traffic accident. Raw data was collected by in-depth interview, and analyzed by using constant comparison. The coding(open-axial-selective) was performed in order to create paradigm and theoretical model, which can explain main theme of this study.


Core phenomenon of this study was ‘Experiencing TKM treatment as an alternative’ and core category was ‘Searching for the answer to the management of traffic accident sequela through TKM treatment’


For patients with serious injury, ‘Experiencing TKM treatment as an alternative’ has meaning as the following: First, The absence of accurate radiography and surgical management makes it hard for patients to choose Korean medicine hospital immediately after traffic accident. Second, Effectiveness of TKM treatment should be evaluated in the long term. Third, TKM treatment is superior to Western medicine treatment in managing long-term patients who suffered from serious injury involved in traffic accident. Finally, Cooperative service of the Western medicine and TKM will provide more satisfactory medical care for traffic accident patients.


This study was supported by the Association of Korean Medicine (AKOM).

Fig. 1
Paradigm of the experience for traffic accident patients with serious injury treated with Traditional Korean Medicine(TKM)
Fig. 2
Theoretical model of ‘Searching for the answer to the management of traffic accident sequela through Traditional Korean Medicine(TKM) treatment
Table 1
Characteristics of Participants
No. Gender/Age Onset Date of Adm. Adm. period (days) Experience of surgery Diagnosis
P001 F/29 2017.12.24 2018.04.09 25 surgery multiple fracture of lumbar spine and pelvis
P002 F/66 2016.11.30 2016.12.29 29 surgery fracture of sternum injury of ileum
P003 F/49 2017.11.06 2017.11.27 54 surgery fracture of neck of femur
fracture of lower end of radius
P004 F/53 2016.07.27 2016.08.18 42 none fracture of cervical spine
multiple fracture of ribs
multiple fracture of thoracic spine
P005 F/48 2018.04.16 2018.04.17 26 none fracture of skull and facial bones
P006 M/29 2018.11.28 2018.12.18 7 none fracture of upper end of tibia
P007 M/58 2018.11.07 2018.12.14 15 none traumatic subarachnoid hemorrhage
fracture of rib
P008 F/57 2018.11.20 2018.12.13 19 none fracture of lumbar spine
P009 M/50 2018.10.28 2018.10.31 29 none traumatic subdural hemorrhage
P010 F/59 2018.11.21 2019.01.02 25 surgery fracture of tibial plateau

* P = Participant, Adm = Admission


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