Factors associated with nurses' willingness to handle abuse of older people

Jung Hui Fang, I. Hui Chen, Hsiang Ru Lai, Pei I. Lee, Nae Fang Miao, Kath Peters, Pi Hsia Lee

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Aim: The aim of this study was to explore predictors of nurses' willingness to handle abuse of older people. Background: Abuse of older people is a long-discussed healthcare issue worldwide. Although nurses are considered capable of identifying and reporting cases of abuse of older people, no study has been conducted in Taiwan on nurses' willingness to handle abuse of older people. Design: A cross-sectional design was used. Methods: The study was conducted from May to June 2019. A convenience sampling was adopted to survey 555 nurses from a medical center in Taiwan. Data were collected using the Knowledge of Abuse of Older People Scale, Attitudes Towards Older People Scale, Attitudes Towards Handling Abuse of Older People Scale, Willingness to Handle Abuse of Older People Scale, and personal characteristics. Pearson correlation coefficient analysis, independent sample t-test, one-way analysis of variance, and multiple linear regression were performed. Results: Participants scored an average of 2.98 out of 4 on the Willingness to Handle Abuse of Older People Scale, indicating that they were inclined to do so. Attitudes towards older people, knowledge, attitudes towards handling abuse of older people, awareness of the hospital's reporting procedure and dissemination of information related to abuse of older people, sex, age, and clinical work experience explained 41.4% of the variance of willingness. Participants' attitudes toward handling abuse of older people was the most important predictor of their willingness to do so. Conclusions: To improve nurses’ willingness to handle cases of abuse of older people, particularly that of male nurses, hospital authorities should provide in-service training and education and disseminate information on the subject matter. Nursing schools should prioritize offering gerontological nursing courses to foster nursing students’ positive attitudes toward older adults and handling abuse of older people. Tweetable abstract: Nurses' attitudes toward handling abuse of older people were the most important predictor of their willingness to handle abuse of older people.

原文英語
文章編號103497
期刊Nurse Education in Practice
65
DOIs
出版狀態已發佈 - 11月 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 一般護理
  • 教育

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