ERIC Number: EJ990691
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
Education Affects Attitudes of Physical Therapy Providers toward People with Dementia
Staples, William H.; Killian, Clyde B.
Educational Gerontology, v38 n5 p350-361 2012
A survey was sent to every skilled nursing home (N = 495) in Indiana regarding the demographics, education, and whether the severity of dementia impacts the attitudes of people in physical therapy practice. Physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs) practicing in nursing homes spend considerable time (44.0%) working with patients who have a diagnosis of dementia. As patients with dementia disorders declined cognitively, attitudes of PTs/PTAs become increasingly negative, and respondents feel that education, training, and resources are insufficient to maximize outcomes in the later stages of the disease.
Descriptors: Dementia, Physical Therapy, Clinical Experience, Patients, Nursing Homes, Severity (of Disability), Surveys, Clinical Diagnosis, Allied Health Personnel, Negative Attitudes
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Indiana