HIV Case Managers' Attitudes Toward Empirically Supported Interventions

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Emily Dakin, Associate Professor, Departmental Honors Program Director (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: Although empirically supported interventions (ESIs) have become increasingly important in social work practice, there is limited empirical research on HIV/AIDS case managers’ attitudes toward using these interventions in their work. The Evidence-Based Practice Attitudes Scale (EBPAS) was administered to a sample of HIV case managers (N=79) who reported moderate attitudes toward adopting ESIs. The majority of the respondents received their primary training to work with people with HIV/AIDS (PLHA) on the job. Our sample indicated that ESIs would be more appealing if case managers had adequate training to implement them. Group differences in attitudes were identified between male and female case managers and between more-experienced and less-experienced case managers. It is important to provide HIV case managers with ongoing on-the-job training in ESIs and, moreover, to educate these providers about the rationale and importance of adopting ESIs so their clients can receive the best services available.

Additional Information

Nicole I. Cesnales, Emily K. Dakin & Paige D. Rose (2016). HIV case managers’ attitudes toward empirically supported interventions, Journal of HIV/AIDS & Social Services, 15:2, 234-247. Publisher version of record available at:
Language: English
Date: 2016
EBPAS, empirically supported interventions, empirically supported treatments, evidence-based practice, HIV case management

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