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Invisible No More: A Scoping Review of the Health Care Aide Workforce Literature

Journal Article
July 22, 2015

From a search of seven bibliographic databases, this article identifies and evaluates 82 relevant studies on the home care workforce published since 1995. Domains discussed include: home care education, workforce supply and demand, home care worker roles, and illness and injury in the workforce.

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Key Takeaways

The home care workforce is both invisible and ubiquitous.
Limited knowledge about home care workers impedes effective workforce development efforts.
Continued undervaluation adversely impacts home care workers, their organizations, and the clients they serve.
 
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