McElmurry, Beverly J. (Beverly Jane)
M.S. (Master of Science)
Department of Nursing
Day care centers; Older people--Care
The purpose of this study was to investigate factors which influenced participation of older adults in the decision to utilize an Adult Day Care Service. It was postulated that a relationship would exist between participation of individuals in the decision to utilize a service and their knowledge of available services, perceived health, influential social networks and sociodemographic characteristics. The sample consisted of 23 participants in an Adult Day Care Center. All participants were 60 years of age or above, and were oriented to time and place. A structured interview format was used to collect data. The Pearson Correlation Coefficient and the Gosset two-tailed t-test were used to determine whether statistically significant relationships existed between participation of individuals in the decision to utilize Adult Day Care and their knowledge of available services, perceived health, influential social networks and sociodemographic characteristics. While statistically significant relationships between these factors were not found, some significant clinical findings were noted. Individuals studied, had limited knowledge of Adult Day Care before using the Service. They also had minimal participation in the decision to seek care from the Center. Nurses were found to be most influential in the decision of the participant to utilize Adult Day Care. Additional research exploring how health care decisions are made, and how nurses can influence these decisions is needed.
Farran, Carol J., "Factors influencing older adults' participation in the decision to utilize an adult day care center" (1979). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 3070.
vii, 56 pages
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