End-of-Life (EoL) care is important in social work as this profession plays a vital role on hospice teams. There is a growing need for qualified social workers in hospice, yet not enough social work schools prepare students for this important work, and students often have limited knowledge of these concepts. The purpose of this quantitative study was to describe undergraduate social work students' knowledge and perceptions of hospice and EoL care, their comfort discussing death and dying, and their own end of life advance planning. A total of 58 undergraduate social work students from the California State University, Long Beach School of Social Work participated in the study.
Results showed that these students were found to have moderate knowledge of hospice and EoL care yet were more comfortable discussing death and dying and also had more advance planning than seen in other population groups. Implications for social work education include the need for increased academic preparation to improve students' knowledge and preparation for EoL care.
|Commitee:||Lopez, Kristina, Meyer-Adams, Nancy|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 53/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Death and dying, End-of-life care, Hospice|
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