Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Improving nursing students' attitudes toward people with disabilities
by Benavides, Karen S., M.S.N., California State University, Long Beach, 2011, 47; 1507636
Abstract (Summary)

Evidence suggests that attitudes of health professionals toward people with disabilities (PWD) may influence their seeking healthcare. Quality of care may be driven by attitudes of health professionals; thus, strategies aimed at improving attitudes might improve patient care.

The aim of this pilot study was to assess the effectiveness of an online video, Access to Medical Care—Adults With Physical Disabilities, in improving attitudes of nursing students toward PWD.

A convenience sample of students in a senior-level nursing course participated in this project. The Interaction with Disabled Persons Scale was given to students pre and postvideo. Findings suggested that the video had a positive impact on nursing students' attitudes and perceptions regarding PWD. A positive and nonjudgmental attitude should prepare nursing students to care for PWD and influence the likelihood of disabled persons seeking primary care.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Goebel, Joy
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 50/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Nursing, Health education
Publication Number: 1507636
ISBN: 978-1-267-18148-0
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