Acute care nurses' attitudes toward older patients : a literature review

Courtney, Mary D., Tong, Shilu, & Walsh, Anne M. (2000) Acute care nurses' attitudes toward older patients : a literature review. International Journal Of Nursing Practice, 6(2), pp. 62-69.

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With increases in life expectancy and increasing numbers of older patients utilising the acute setting, attitudes of registered nurses caring for older people may affect the quality of care provided. This paper reviews recent research on positive and negative attitudes of acute care nurses toward older people. Many negative attitudes reflect ageist stereotypes and knowledge deficits that significantly influence registered nurses’ practice and older patients’ quality of care. In the acute setting, older patients experience reduced independence, limited decision making opportunities, increased probability of developing complications, little consideration of their ageing related needs, limited health education and social isolation.

Available instruments to measure attitudes and knowledge about older people, although reliable and valid, are outdated, country specific and do not include either a patient focus or a caring perspective. This paper argues for the development and utilisation of a research instrument that includes both a patient focus and a caring dimension.

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ID Code: 17065
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: The definitive version is available at
Keywords: nurses' attitudes, nurses' knowledge, older patients, quality of care, setting
DOI: 10.1046/j.1440-172x.2000.00192.x
ISSN: 1322-7114
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Clinical Nursing - Tertiary (Rehabilitative) (111004)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Aged Care Nursing (111001)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Centre for Health Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2000 Blackwell Publishing
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher
Deposited On: 23 Dec 2008 03:14
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2017 14:41

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