- Journal of Gerontological Nursing
- May 2012 - Volume 38 · Issue 5: 26-35
The purpose of this study was to review relevant literature on ageism among health care providers and assess interventions used to improve their attitudes toward older adults. Literature published between 1983 and 2011 was reviewed using the keywords attitudes, older adults, nursing, and nursing students using CINAHL, MEDLINE, and the Education Resources Information Center. Previous relevant research is discussed and includes studies categorized according to health care provider populations: (a) nurses, (b) nursing students, (c) medical students, and (d) direct care workers. Studies in nursing and medical professions that highlight ageism have been conducted; however, there is a gap in the literature concerning ageism among direct care workers. This often neglected, yet critical population of health care providers is essential to the care of older adults; recommendations regarding their training and mentoring are emphasized.
Ms. Eymard is Assistant Professor of Nursing, Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, and Dr. Douglas is Professor, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing, New Orleans, Louisiana.
The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise. The authors thank Dr. Elaine Amella for her recommendations and thoughtful feedback.
Address correspondence to Amanda Singleton Eymard, MSN, RN, Assistant Professor of Nursing, Nicholls State University, PO Box 2143, Thibodaux, LA 70310; e-mail: Amanda.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Received: July 22, 2011
Accepted: January 10, 2012
Posted: March 14, 2012