The attitudes of health care practitioners and programs toward the Dial-a-Ride component of the Valley Transit System (VTS) in the Lower Naugatuck Valley area of Connecticut are investigated. The study was designed to obtain information about each respondent's knowledge of the VTS, attitudes about the VTS, and suggested changes for improving the VTS. The survey was limited to direct care practitioners, e.g., physicians, dentists, chiropractic physicians, optometrists, and podiatrists. Programs were identified as inpatient facilities (hospitals, long term care facilities, and convalescent facilities) and community agencies (health department, Visiting Nurses Association, and Homemaker Agency). Two approaches were used to obtain data. The first technique involved mailed questionnaires sent to all direct care practitioners in the valley. The overall response rate for the questionnaire was 63 percent (71 of 113 practitioners). The second approach was an interview with representatives of community health agencies and inpatient facilities. The total number of persons interviewed was 22. The majority of respondents had a favorable attitude toward the VTS. As viewed by respondents, a need was identified in the valley for a transportation program designed specifically for the elderly and handicapped. A number of those who felt the VTS did not meet all needs offered suggestions for improvement. These suggestions were concerned primarily with the number and kind of buses, scheduling and the fare system, and the expansion of the service area. Most respondents favored a combination of funding for the VTS from such potential sources as valley towns and agencies, riders, and the State of Connecticut.

  • Corporate Authors:

    South Central Connecticut Comprehensive Health Plan, Incorporated

    New Haven, CT  United States 

    Lower Naugatuck Valley Community Council, Incorporated

    Ansonia, CT  United States 
  • Authors:
    • Pearson, D A
    • Tanenbaum, J L
    • Bisbee, G E
    • Webb, S B
  • Publication Date: 1974-6

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  • Pagination: 62 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00154626
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 31 2003 12:00AM