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Healthcare assistants' attitudes towards older people and their knowledge about ageing.

Research paper by Alice A Coffey, Noreen N Whitehead

Indexed on: 31 Jan '15Published on: 31 Jan '15Published in: Nursing older people



Abstract

To examine healthcare assistants' (HCAs) attitudes towards older people in long-term care settings and their knowledge of ageing.A survey was conducted with a convenience sample of HCAs in three long-term care settings in the Republic of Ireland.Overall, positive attitudes towards older people were found and there was a relationship between greater knowledge about ageing and more positive attitudes.Health services face challenges as a result of changing population demographics and nursing shortages. Continuing education in practice is important and nurses should lead innovations in education for HCAs.