Disease-Specific Training for Home-Based Care Workers Can Improve Staffing

Posted on Monday, December 21, 2020 

Researchers from Weill Cornell Medical and the ILR School found that home care workers who received training specific to the disease their patient has are more confident and happier.

“I think our research suggests that if you equip home care workers with the tools they need, they’re likely to feel more confident and more satisfied with their job,” Dr. Madeline Sterling, a health services researcher in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine, told Home Health Care News. “This study is important because it demonstrates that investing in disease-specific training among home care workers – for example, in cardiovascular disease – may be a way to improve their experience caring for patients,” Sterling said.

Confidence can also lead to a reduction in turnover, a constant struggle in this arena.

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