Case managers' and independent living counselors' perspectives on health promotion activities for individuals with physical and developmental disabilities

Aimee S. James, Theresa I. Shireman

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Abstract

A fundamental component of maximizing the quality of life for individuals with disabilities is quality health care. We describe the perspectives of case managers and independent living counselors on the role of health promotion as a component of targeted case management services. Respondents held health promotion as an essential element of maximizing the quality of life for individuals with disabilities, although they spent more time on social services as compared to medical services. Their confidence in assisting the individuals they serve with respect to health promotion and disease management activities was demonstrably weaker than their reported knowledge levels for most items. Barriers to accessing those services might create this apparent disconnect between knowledge and confidence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)274-288
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Social Work in Disability and Rehabilitation
Volume9
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2010

Keywords

  • Case management services
  • Centers for independent living
  • Community developmental disability organizations
  • Health promotion
  • Medicaid

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