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Title:Profile of an Effective Hospice Team Member: Study of Selected Emotional, Interpersonal, and Professional Competencies
Author(s):Basile, Joseph Leo
Department / Program:Health and Safety Education
Discipline:Health and Safety Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Education, Health
Abstract:This study was initiated after the investigator observed that there existed in the literature a lack of consensus regarding systematic or practical assessment procedures for determining the competencies of an effective hospice team member. The purpose of this study was to determine which competencies hospice practitioners and a panel of experts would agree were requisite qualities of an effective team member.
Forty nine (49) hospice practitioners from 6 hospices in the United States, and 10 individuals who became members of a panel of experts (Delphi method) participated in the study.
The instrument utilized in this study was a list comprised of 29 competencies. These 29 competencies were evaluated by the panel and the practitioners through the mechanics of a Likert scale. The panel rated the competencies twice while the practitioners rated them only once. The list of competencies was developed by the investigator. Selection of each competency was based upon (1) the frequency with which the particular ability was observed in the literature, and (2) the information obtained through interviews with local hospice administrators and staff.
The research design consisted of a t test comparing the means of each competency obtained from the panel, and the practitioners. ANOVA was used for each competency to (1) compare the means of each hospice and that of the panel, (2) compare the means of all nurses, and (3) compare the means of all volunteers. A paired t test was used to compare the panel's first round mean with the second round mean for each competency.
The major findings were: (1) Of the 29 competencies evaluated in this study, 22 showed that no significant differences occurred through ANOVA (hospices and panel). Twenty three (23) competencies showed no significant differences through a t test. (2) The only competency that showed significant differences when the mean scores of nurses were compared was Competency 7. (3) Eleven (11) of the 29 competencies showed significant differences when the volunteer's means were compared.
Based on the results of this study, the identification and evaluation of competencies may serve as a basis for: selecting hospice team members; diagnosing deficiencies relating to emotional, interpersonal, and professional abilities; prescribing remedial training or in-service educational programs.
Issue Date:1982
Description:233 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1982.
Other Identifier(s):(UMI)AAI8302800
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-12-16
Date Deposited:1982

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