Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Advance directives: Knowledge and attitudes among skilled nursing facility staff
by Dalisay, Gracielle-Joyce A., M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2015, 73; 1585633
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to explore the knowledge, attitudes, and education needs of skilled nursing facility staff in regards to the administration of advance directives to patients and families. This quantitative study utilized the Knowledge, Attitudinal and Experiential Survey on Advance Directives instrument which was completed by 44 nursing and social services employees at a small skilled nursing facility in Torrance, California. The findings indicated that skilled nursing staff have only a moderate level of knowledge about advance directives. Furthermore, education about advance directives was primarily received from facility-based in-service lectures. Despite cultural differences among the respondents, many reported having a confident attitude towards administering advance directives. However, many felt much discomfort initiating the actual advance directive discussion. The findings indicate that social workers can provide improved education and training to skilled nursing facility staff about difficult topics concerning advance directives such as end-of-life decision making.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Wilson, Steve
Commitee: Campbell, Venetta, Lopez, Kristina
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Social Work
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 54/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work, Nursing, Health care management
Keywords: Advance directives, End of life, Skilled nursing facility
Publication Number: 1585633
ISBN: 978-1-321-64285-8
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