ASSESSING REHABILITATION COUNSELING NEEDS IN A HOSPITAL SETTING


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Abstract

The extent and depth of interest in rehabilitation counseling services among patients of a V.A. general medical hospital were determined using an 18 item questionnaire. The extent of interest was found to be high. 71% of inpatients and 56% of outpatients expressed interest in one or more services. In terms of depth of interest, most patients indicated an interest in about 4 separate services. Those services commanding the most interest by veterans of all eras and all disability groups were vocational guidance, counseling, and evaluation (70% of all responses). Less than 10% expressed interest in personal or family therapy, direct job placement, or for greater staff-patient communication. All results of the survey suggest that a need exists for a strong program of rehabilitation counseling services.

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