The positive attitudes and perceptions of care managers about advance directives

Adam G. Golden, Sweta Tewary, Syeda Qadri, Khin Zaw, Jorge G. Ruiz, Bernard A. Roos

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In a previous intervention, we found that reminders from care managers failed to increase the number of their homebound older adult clients with advance directives. Thus, in the current study, we looked at the perceptions and attitudes of care managers about the need to discuss advance directives with their clients. Ninety-five care managers serving community-based nursing home-eligible older adults completed an 18-question survey, which found that care managers overwhelmingly believe it is important to address advance directives. Only 3.2% reported that discussing advance directives is time consuming. No attitudinal barriers were identified. Given their positive attitudes about advance directives, care managers need educational interventions that will provide the knowledge and skills to interact effectively with clients who are resistant to addressing end-of-life issues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)98-101
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • advance directives
  • care management
  • dually eligible
  • geriatrics
  • homebound
  • Medicaid waiver

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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