Staff perceptions of ageist practice in the clinical setting: Practice development project

Billings, Jenny R. (2006) Staff perceptions of ageist practice in the clinical setting: Practice development project. Quality in Ageing, 7 (2). pp. 33-45. ISSN 1471-7794. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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This study was undertaken in response to the audit requirements for the National Service Framework for Older People Standard 1 "Rooting our Ageism". The aim of this study was to identify and describe the nature of any age-discriminatory practice in the clinical setting through the perceptions and experiences of staff working with older people. The study adopted a qualitative approach using focus group design. Six focus groups were conducted 57 members of staff. An aim of the study method was to isolate consensus areas of ageist practice that would facilitate targeted intervention. To assist this statements relating to common practice experiences were developed following the first two focus groups. This was used as a discussion tool for the subsequent groups. Perceived ageist practice could be grouped under the following themes; access to services, communications and attitudes, treatment and care, the role of relatives, resources. On the basis of the findings greater choice and control for older people need to be key features of the recommendations, through the development of a co-ordinated development programme involving all stakeholders.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: ageism, clinical setting
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Paula Loader
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2008 17:47
Last Modified: 09 May 2014 10:54
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