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ERIC Number: EJ774997
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
Pages: 12
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-0016-9013
Knowledge and Attitudes of Nursing Home Staff and Surveyors about the Revised Federal Guidance for Incontinence Care
DuBeau, Catherine E.; Ouslander, Joseph G.; Palmer, Mary H.
Gerontologist, v47 n4 p468-479 Aug 2007
Purpose: We assessed nursing home staff and state nursing home surveyors regarding their knowledge and attitudes about urinary incontinence, its management, and the revised federal Tag F315 guidance for urinary incontinence. Design and Methods: We conducted a questionnaire survey of a convenience sample of nursing home staff and state nursing home surveyors from a midwestern state attending two statewide workshops on the revised guidance. Results: Of 558 attendees, 500 (85%) responded, including 39% of the state's directors of nursing and 57% of state nursing home surveyors. There were striking deficiencies in knowledge regarding urinary incontinence and catheter care, with significant discrepancies by type of respondent, particularly between state surveyors and nursing home staff. Staff cited documentation and staffing levels as the most frequent concerns about implementation. Open-ended responses reflected the divergence of concerns and antagonism among the stakeholders, and staff nurses' feeling that F315 violated residents' rights. Implications: The revised Tag F315 guidance will be unlikely to improve the quality of urinary incontinence care in nursing homes because of significant knowledge and attitudinal discrepancies between nursing home staff and state surveyors, facility staff's focus on documentation and staffing, and reliance on implementation strategies known to be ineffective. Federal, state, and other urinary incontinence guideline efforts should focus on managerial structures and methods to improve quality nursing home care. Research is needed to address how nursing home residents and families define and value "quality" urinary incontinence management and to incorporate these in quality-improvement strategies and measures. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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