Title

Student Physical Therapists' Attitudes Toward Working with Elderly Patients

ISBN or ISSN

0270-3181

Volume

18

Issue

2

Publication Date / Copyright Date

2000

First Page

21

Last Page

37

DOI Number

10.1080/J148v18n02_02

Abstract

Although attitudinal studies of health care providers toward elderly patients have been done in the past, this study is unique in that it simultaneously addresses student physical therapists' attitudes toward the elderly, their attitudes toward working with elderly patients, and their attitudes toward a variety of work environments. Students (n = 190) enrolled in 3 physical therapy programs in one state completed a 4-page questionnaire that consisted of the Kogan Scale, the modified Coren scale, attitudes toward different work environments, and demographic and cur-ricular information. Data were analyzed using descriptive, ANOVA and multiple regression techniques. Taking a class in geriatrics did not result in higher scores on the Kogan or Coren scale. Out of ten possible work environments, a Nursing Home ranked 9th. Students more positively identifying the nursing home as an enjoyable place to work scored higher on the Coren scale and had experienced a predominantly geriatric clinical affiliation per OLS regression. Curricular innovations, including geriatric clinical experiences, may be necessary to graduate students who are both skilled and motivated to provide care to elderly patients in nursing homes and other primarily geriatric settings.

Disciplines

Medicine and Health Sciences

Keywords

Geriatrics, Gerontology, Clinical Affiliations, Education

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