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Grief After Patient Death: Direct Care Staff in Nursing Homes and Homecare

Journal Article
January 1, 2015

Using cross-sectional data from 140 certified nursing assistants (CNAs) and 80 home care workers, this study examines 1) how grief symptoms typically reported by bereaved family caregivers are experienced among direct care workers, 2) how prepared workers are for the death of their patients or clients, and 3) the impact of individual and organizational factors on worker grief.

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Key Takeaways

Direct care workers experience many of the core grief symptoms typically reported by bereaved family caregivers.
Being “not at all prepared” for client death and struggling with “acceptance of death” are prevalent experiences.
Increasing workers' preparedness for death through better training and support can improve job quality.

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