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bureaucratic system: A positive or negative effect on nursing home quality of care?

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2004
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Over the last fifty years quality of care has been a consistent problem in nursing home facilities. The federal government implemented a bureaucratic system as an attempt to improve this standard. This thesis traces the emergence of this system in nursing homes and illustrates its failure to solve the problem. George Ritzer's four-point McDonaldization model of bureaucracy is applied to argue that the bureaucratic system for governing nursing homes has a negative effect on the quality of care. Although this hypothesis has proven to be accurate, additional factors were consistently cited as having detrimental effects on resident care. These include issues such as insufficient pay and lack of training/education for CNAs. Moreover, human greed and societal views of the elderly appear to be the true root of the problem.
Title: The bureaucratic system: A positive or negative effect on nursing home quality of care?.
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Name(s): Lipsman, Lisa A.
Florida Atlantic University, Degree grantor
Evans, Arthur S., Thesis advisor
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2004
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 103 p.
Language(s): English
Summary: Over the last fifty years quality of care has been a consistent problem in nursing home facilities. The federal government implemented a bureaucratic system as an attempt to improve this standard. This thesis traces the emergence of this system in nursing homes and illustrates its failure to solve the problem. George Ritzer's four-point McDonaldization model of bureaucracy is applied to argue that the bureaucratic system for governing nursing homes has a negative effect on the quality of care. Although this hypothesis has proven to be accurate, additional factors were consistently cited as having detrimental effects on resident care. These include issues such as insufficient pay and lack of training/education for CNAs. Moreover, human greed and societal views of the elderly appear to be the true root of the problem.
Identifier: 9780496257287 (isbn), 13148 (digitool), FADT13148 (IID), fau:10009 (fedora)
Collection: FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
Note(s): Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters
Thesis (M.A.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2004.
Subject(s): Long-term care of the sick--Quality control
Nursing home care--Quality control
Outcome assessment (Medical care)
Long-term care facilities--Standards
Held by: Florida Atlantic University Libraries
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fcla/dt/13148
Sublocation: Digital Library
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Owner Institution: FAU
Is Part of Series: Florida Atlantic University Digital Library Collections.