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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine changes in policies and procedures relative to patient care since 1985 in an attempt to identify how local health care agencies are responding to problems associated with care of Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome individuals. Questionnaires were mailed either to the director of Nursing or the Director of Education in each of 75 local health care facilities. Information relative to current changes in poiicies and procedures is necessary to reduce potential liabilities against health occupations students being misinformed or contracting che disease because of deficiencies in instruction. The findings indicated that (a) changes in” , policy and procedures occurred, (b) changes in attitudes of health care workers were evident, and (c) students in health occupations programs were not adequately informed relative to recommended guidelines prior to being assigned to clinical agencies.

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