The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore the knowledge and attitudes of social service workers' in skilled nursing facilities regarding the preparation of advance directives. This study employed face-to-face interviews with social service designees (SSDs) who have been employed on a full-time basis for at least 6 months. Questions from a researcher-developed interview guide elicited responses about their perceived knowledge and attitudes.
Findings suggest that SSDs are generally trained on-the-job, are largely overwhelmed by daily task completion, and receive minimal training on advance directives. Recommendations for social work include developing training materials for SSDs in skilled nursing facilities on advance directives and assisting in developing a national certification for social service designees. Designees are frequently referred to as social workers in the nursing home setting, and would benefit from support and training to enhance their abilities.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 51/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
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