Fingerprint-based background checks for personal care workers: Stakeholder views of policy criteria

Eric D. Raile, Sarah J. Swierenga, Toni A. Dennis, Lauren A. Swanson-Aprill, Lori A. Post, Fuad Abujarad
2017 Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect  
Decision makers face difficult choices when tasked with identifying and implementing appropriate mechanisms for protecting the elderly and other vulnerable adults from abuse. A pilot project involving fingerprint-based criminal history background checks for personal care workers in Michigan has supplied an opportunity to examine one such mechanism. In conjunction with the pilot project, we have conducted a stakeholder analysis with the aim of informing decision makers about stakeholder
more » ... takeholder perceptions of standard policy criteria like effectiveness, efficiency, and equity. We employed focus groups and a web-based survey to collect data from stakeholders. While stakeholders generally see fingerprint-based background checks for personal care workers as potentially effective and as a net benefit, they also point to a variety of contingencies. They also recognize difficulties and constraints for government involvement. This preliminary analysis provides solid foundational information for decision makers and for more extensive benefit-cost analysis.
doi:10.1080/08946566.2017.1330715 pmid:28521617 fatcat:nwen3lvvnvf4vg5gtbe2gthvwi