Using a measure of person-perception skills to identify outstanding home care workers

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2011-01
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Grosch, Kerry K.
Medvene, Louis J.
Walker, Diane
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Home health care services quarterly. 2011 Jan; 30(1): 24-41.

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This study involved university-community collaboration with an international home care company for the purpose of developing a tool to identify talented caregivers. Tested was the hypothesis that workers' ability to provide care in person-centered ways would be positively associated with their ability to describe others in complex ways--that is, their person-perception skills. Company coordinators functioning as supervisors used an innovative 10-item instrument to screen 554 home health aides for their person centeredness. The most and least person-centered workers were evaluated for their person-perception skills. Person centeredness was positively associated with the complexity of home care workers' descriptions of others.

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