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

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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 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-base 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75-92
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Elder Abuse and Neglect
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jun 24 2018


  • Criminal history background checks
  • Elder abuse
  • Long-term care
  • Mixed methods
  • Personal care workers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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