2007 National Home Health Aide Survey (NHHAS)

The first national probability survey of home health aides, was designed to provide national estimates of home health aides employed by agencies that provide home health and/or hospice care.

The National Home Health Aide Survey (NHHAS), the first national probability survey of home health aides, was designed to provide national estimates of home health aides employed by agencies that provide home health and/or hospice care. NHHAS was sponsored by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE). NHHAS, a multistage probability sample survey, was conducted as a supplement to the 2007 NHHCS. Agencies providing home health and/or hospice care were sampled into NHHCS, and then up to six home health aides were sampled from eligible participating NHHCS agencies. Home health aides were considered eligible to participate in NHHAS if they were

  1. directly employed by the sampled agency; and
  2. provided assistance in activities of daily living (ADLs), including bathing, dressing, transferring, eating, and toileting.

NHHAS was administered to aides during their nonworking hours by interviewers who used a computer-assisted telephone interviewing (CATI) system to collect the data. The survey instrument included sections on recruitment, training, job history, family life, management and supervision, client relations, organizational commitment and job satisfaction, workplace environment, work-related injuries, and demographics. The NHHAS questionnaire was virtually identical to the survey instrument used in the 2004 National Nursing Assistant Survey of certified nursing assistants working in nursing homes, to permit comparisons of direct care workers across long-term care workplace settings. Minor changes were made to account for differences in workplace environment and responsibilities between home health aides and certified nursing assistants. A total of 3,377 interviews of aides working in agencies providing home health and/or hospice care were completed between September 2007 and April 2008.

See more information at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhhas.htm

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