Attitudes, Policies, and Preparations

Daniel L. Gwartney, Pamela B. Daly, Jane S. Roccaforte, Philip W. Smith

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Abstract

Long term care facilities (LTCFs) are being considered for the care of PWAs. To better understand the level of preparedness for accepting residents with AIDS, a survey of policies, attitudes, and infection control procedures was sent to randomly selected LTCFs in California, New Jersey, Georgia, and Nebraska. Despite the different prevalence rates of AIDS cases across the four states, there was general agreement on most of the questionnaire items. Over half of the respondents reported having a written policy regarding AIDS (54 percent); also, more respondents expected problems with confidentiality issues (78 percent) and staff attitudes (82 percent). The mean ratings of anticipated attitudes ranged from neutral for management level staff to negative for direct care staff and residents’ families. Overall, the respondents rated their LTCFs most prepared in specific infection control procedures and least prepared in areas such as education and psychosocial support. The cost to prepare facilities was estimated at over $10,000 by 54 percent of all respondents, and 74 percent stated it would cost at least twice as much to care for a resident with AIDS as it would to care for an average resident.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15-18
Number of pages4
JournalAIDS Patient Care
Volume6
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1992

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Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
Long-Term Care
Infection Control
Attitude of Health Personnel
Costs and Cost Analysis
Confidentiality
Surveys and Questionnaires
Education

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  • Leadership and Management
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Gwartney, D. L., Daly, P. B., Roccaforte, J. S., & Smith, P. W. (1992). Attitudes, Policies, and Preparations. AIDS Patient Care, 6(1), 15-18. https://doi.org/10.1089/apc.1992.6.15

Attitudes, Policies, and Preparations. / Gwartney, Daniel L.; Daly, Pamela B.; Roccaforte, Jane S.; Smith, Philip W.

In: AIDS Patient Care, Vol. 6, No. 1, 02.1992, p. 15-18.

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Gwartney, DL, Daly, PB, Roccaforte, JS & Smith, PW 1992, 'Attitudes, Policies, and Preparations', AIDS Patient Care, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 15-18. https://doi.org/10.1089/apc.1992.6.15
Gwartney DL, Daly PB, Roccaforte JS, Smith PW. Attitudes, Policies, and Preparations. AIDS Patient Care. 1992 Feb;6(1):15-18. https://doi.org/10.1089/apc.1992.6.15
Gwartney, Daniel L. ; Daly, Pamela B. ; Roccaforte, Jane S. ; Smith, Philip W. / Attitudes, Policies, and Preparations. In: AIDS Patient Care. 1992 ; Vol. 6, No. 1. pp. 15-18.
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