Services That Nursing Facilities Should Provide to Residents with MS: A Survey of Health Professionals

Authors

  • Robert J. Buchanan PhD,

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    • Robert Buchanan is an associate professor in the department of community health at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign in Champaign, IL.

  • Kenneth P. Lewis MSW

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    • Kenneth Lewis is an assistant administrator at St. John Neumann Nursing Home in Philadelphia, PA.


Department of Community Health, University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, 121 Huff Hall, Champaign, IL 61820.

Abstract

This study identified care-related services, programs, and equipment that nursing facilities should provide to residents with multiple sclerosis (MS). Two sets of surveys were used to collect the perspectives and opinions of 140 health professionals representing a variety of disciplines. Frequency tabulations of all responses were done by computer for 10 care-related categories to identify the most frequently mentioned services or programs in each category. Stratified frequency tabulations also were done in the medical, rehabilitation, nursing, as well as psychological and social service categories of care that nursing facilities should provide to residents with MS. The health professionals identified mental health-related services as the most important care that nursing facilities should provide to residents with MS, followed by physical therapy, recreational therapy, occupational therapy, and neurological care.

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