Opinions of Turkish forensic medicine specialists about concept of death in Turkey

Dokgoz H., Yilmaz M., Turkmen N., ÖZER E., Sungur M. A. , Yilmaz R.

West Indian Medical Journal, vol.66, no.1, pp.111-118, 2017 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 66 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.7727/wimj.2015.359
  • Journal Name: West Indian Medical Journal
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.111-118


Objectives: This investigation was performed to determine opinions of forensic medicine specialists about the concept of death. Methods: This descriptive, cross-sectional and qualitative study was performed on 103 forensic medicine specialists who consented to participate in the study between 2011-2012. Data were recruited during face-to-face interviews and via e-mail. Results: Forensic medicine specialists participated in this study were mostly (74.8%) male, married (81.6%) with a mean age of 40.45 ± 6.85 years. A 24.3%of them were practicing their speciality for 11-15 years. This study revealed that forensic medicine specialists demonstrate a lower level of death anxiety. Conclusions: Forensic medicine specialists demonstrated a moderate level of avoidance attitude, while they manifested depressive mood towards death. The opinions of forensic medicine specialists about the concept of death were somewhat determined in our study.