Social Workers' Personal Death Attitudes, Experiences, and Advance Directive Communication Behavior
Death attitudes, advance directives, end-of-life care, advance care planning
This research surveyed 29 social workers to examine their personal death attitudes and experiences in relation to their advance directives communication practice behavior. The study measured death attitudes on 5 dimensions: fear, avoidance, neutral, approach, or escape acceptance of death. Participants' personal experiences with terminal illness and death were also assessed. Advance directive communication practices were operationalized as 7 phases: initiation of the topic, disclosure of information, identification of a surrogate decision-maker, discussion of treatment options, elicitation of patient values, interaction with family members, and collaboration with other health care professionals. Findings suggest that social workers' advance directive communication behavior differs by practitioners' death attitudes and experiences. Implications for social work education and professional development are discussed.
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Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life & Palliative Care, v. 1, issue 3, p. 21-35
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Black, Kathy, "Social Workers' Personal Death Attitudes, Experiences, and Advance Directive Communication Behavior" (2005). Aging Studies Sarasota Manatee Campus Faculty Publications. 13.
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