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Nursing Homes, Staff Communication in

  • By: Jon F. Nussbaum
  • In: Encyclopedia of Health Communication
  • Edited by: Teresa L. Thompson
  • Subject:Public Health Education & Health Promotion, Health Psychology, Health Communication

Nursing home staff work within a multilevel, interactively complex health care institution. Effective communicative behavior of the top administrators; physicians; the nursing staff; occupational, physical and recreation therapists; dietary and nutrition specialists; housekeeping; social workers; and volunteers has been positively linked to work outcomes, as well as resident quality of life. The changing nature of health care and the growing population of both well and frail older adults have significantly impacted the nature and function of nursing homes within the entire technologically advanced industrialized world. While “aging in place” may be the ultimate goal of older adults in global communities from the Pacific Rim to Scandinavia, and regardless of the existence of socialized medicine or an expectation that adult children will care for all older ...

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