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Research Article  |   March 1990
Occupational Therapy Personnel and AIDS: Attitudes, Knowledge, and Fears
Author Affiliations
  • Ben J. Atchison, MEd, OTR, is Assistant Professor, Department of Associated Health Professions, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan. (Mailing address: 912 Sherman Street, Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197)
  • Betty J. Beard, PhD, RN, is Associate Professor of Maternal Child Health Nursing, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan
  • Lula B. Lester, MSN, RN, is Assistant Professor of Nursing, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan
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Research Article   |   March 1990
Occupational Therapy Personnel and AIDS: Attitudes, Knowledge, and Fears
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, March 1990, Vol. 44, 212-217. doi:10.5014/ajot.44.3.212
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, March 1990, Vol. 44, 212-217. doi:10.5014/ajot.44.3.212
Abstract

This study explored the attitudes, knowledge, and fears of occupational therapists and certified occupational therapy assistants regarding AIDS and HIV. The 119 respondents’ scores related to knowledge and fear revealed that many had significant fears about AIDS, which in turn may inhibit their willingness to care for persons with AIDS. The respondents also indicated a need for specific information about the condition, including current research data and information on infection control.