ERIC Number: EJ837166
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
Serious Mental Illness in Florida Nursing Homes: Need for Training
Molinari, Victor A.; Merritt, Stacy S.; Mills, Whitney L.; Chiriboga, David A.; Conboy, Ann; Hyer, Kathryn; Becker, Marion A.
Gerontology & Geriatrics Education, v29 n1 p66-83 Jun 2008
This study examined how the mental health needs of nursing home (NH) residents with serious mental illness (SMI) are addressed. Data were collected from three sources: interviews with 84 SMI stakeholders; surveys of 206 NH staff members; and focus groups at two psychiatry specialty NHs. Four common themes emerged: placement of older adults with SMI was a significant problem for discharge planners and NH admission coordinators; NH staff reported being uneasy with SMI residents and were concerned over aggressive behavior; staff in NHs with psychiatry specialty units appeared more comfortable serving SMI residents; and SMI training was a consistent recommendation of all SMI stakeholders and NH staff. Implications for training are discussed.
Descriptors: Health Needs, Mental Disorders, Focus Groups, Psychiatry, Nursing Homes, Health Facilities, Severity (of Disability), Mental Health, Institutionalized Persons, Interviews, Surveys, Attitudes, Older Adults, Planning, Aggression, Behavior Disorders, Staff Development
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Florida