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ERIC Number: ED334441
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 15
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Patterns of Learning Related to Adapting to Change: A Study of Four Health Care Occupations in the United States.
Paprock, Kenneth E.
The necessity to adjust to changing circumstances constitutes a motivating force for learning. Implementation of the legislative change in Medicare reimbursement in the United States requires change on the part of the health care system and adaptation by the individuals within that system. Two studies examined ways health care professionals in the areas of finance, medical records, nursing, and social services sought to understand and cope with related change resulting from the new legislation on reimbursement. In the first, a survey of 500 professionals received 213 responses. A follow-up study obtained information from 96 of the 213 original respondents. Because adult and continuing education is increasingly being applied to facilitate the adjustments required by changing circumstances, the findings of the study can be a contribution to both theoreticians and practitioners who find themselves in similar change situations. It was found that most approaches used, including related learning activities and sources of assistance patterns, serve the reestablishment of the status quo and result in little or no change in the functionality of role behavior. (Three tables and 27 references are included.) (Author/NLA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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