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Knowledge and attitudes of health care social workers regarding advance directives



Knowledge and attitudes of health care social workers regarding advance directives



Social Work in Health Care 32(2): 61-74



This cross sectional investigation describes the knowledge and attitudes of health care social workers regarding advance directives and explores factors that influence them. As major contributors to quality patient care, the level of knowledge and attitudes held by health care social workers regarding health care policy mandates are important. Mail survey methods were used to collect data from a systematic random sample (n = 324) of social workers throughout one mid-western state. Results indicate that the majority of health care social workers have high to moderate levels of knowledge about advance directives and hold positive attitudes regarding the policy. Social workers with more experience working with the elderly had higher levels of knowledge. Those employed in nursing homes and hospice settings had more positive attitudes than did those working in other health care facilities.

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DOI: 10.1300/j010v32n02_04


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