Older patients in the acute care setting: rural and metropolitan nurses' knowledge, attitudes and practices

Courtney, Mary D., Tong, Shilu, & Walsh, Anne M. (2000) Older patients in the acute care setting: rural and metropolitan nurses' knowledge, attitudes and practices. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 8(2), pp. 94-102.

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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. The many negative attitudes reflect ageist stereotypes and knowledge deficits that significantly influence the practice of registered nurses and the quality of care older patients receive. 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.

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ID Code: 1597
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: nurses’ attitudes, nurses’ knowledge, older patients, acute care setting, quality of care
DOI: 10.1046/j.1440-1584.2000.00256.x
ISSN: 1038-5282
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Aged Care Nursing (111001)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2000 Blackwell Publishing
Copyright Statement: The definitive version is available at www.blackwell-synergy.com
Deposited On: 17 Jun 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:25

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