Nurses' Attitudes, Knowledge and Confidence in Preventing and treating Deconditioning in the Elderly

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/152129
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Presentation
Title:
Nurses' Attitudes, Knowledge and Confidence in Preventing and treating Deconditioning in the Elderly
Abstract:
Nurses' Attitudes, Knowledge and Confidence in Preventing and treating Deconditioning in the Elderly
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2007
Author:MacDonald, Brenda, BN, MSc, MEd
P.I. Institution Name:St Francis Xavier University
Title:Assistant Professor
Co-Authors:Angela Josephine Gillis, PhD, RN and Allene MacIsaac, MScN, RN
[Research Presentation] AIMS: This paper explores the factors that facilitate as well as the factors that act as barriers to the prevention and treatment of deconditioning in the hospitalized elderly. Deconditioning is a serious problem; however, it is potentially preventable and treatable. Specifically, the paper reports on the preliminary findings of a pilot study designed to assess nurses' knowledge, attitudes, and confidence in providing care to prevent and treat deconditioning in the hospitalized elderly. METHODS: A descriptive correlational design was used to examine the study variables in a convenience sample of 236 nurses. In particular, the following questions were addressed: What is the knowledge level ofánurses related t: a)áassessment of deconditioning in the elderly b) health risks associated with deconditioning in the elderly? c) interventions to promote maximum physical functioning in the elderly? What is the confidence level of nurses in providing care to improve or maintain physical functioning in the elderly? What is the attitude of nurses towards their role in the implementation of resistance exercise programs for the hospitalized elderly? What are the enabling and the inhibiting factors that influence the nurses' role in prevention of deconditioning in the elderly? RESULTS: Data analysis is currently ongoing. Preliminary results suggest that nurses have low levels of knowledge about assessing and preventing deconditioning but higher levels of knowledge regarding interventions. Confidence levels also warrant attention. CONCLUSIONS: The significance of the study lies not only in the evaluation itself, but in the recommendations to be generated. Nurses who are knowledgeable about deconditioning should be able to anticipate the risks and take steps to prevent the cascade of iatrogenesis. An anticipated outcome is the provision of information that will be pertinent to essential curriculum content for Schools of Nursing.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleNurses' Attitudes, Knowledge and Confidence in Preventing and treating Deconditioning in the Elderlyen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/152129-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Nurses' Attitudes, Knowledge and Confidence in Preventing and treating Deconditioning in the Elderly</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2007</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">MacDonald, Brenda, BN, MSc, MEd</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">St Francis Xavier University</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Assistant Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">agillis@stfx.ca</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Angela Josephine Gillis, PhD, RN and Allene MacIsaac, MScN, RN</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">[Research Presentation] AIMS: This paper explores the factors that facilitate as well as the factors that act as barriers to the prevention and treatment of deconditioning in the hospitalized elderly. Deconditioning is a serious problem; however, it is potentially preventable and treatable. Specifically, the paper reports on the preliminary findings of a pilot study designed to assess nurses' knowledge, attitudes, and confidence in providing care to prevent and treat deconditioning in the hospitalized elderly. METHODS: A descriptive correlational design was used to examine the study variables in a convenience sample of 236 nurses. In particular, the following questions were addressed: What is the knowledge level of&aacute;nurses related t: a)&aacute;assessment of deconditioning in the elderly b) health risks associated with deconditioning in the elderly? c) interventions to promote maximum physical functioning in the elderly? What is the confidence level of nurses in providing care to improve or maintain physical functioning in the elderly? What is the attitude of nurses towards their role in the implementation of resistance exercise programs for the hospitalized elderly? What are the enabling and the inhibiting factors that influence the nurses' role in prevention of deconditioning in the elderly? RESULTS: Data analysis is currently ongoing. Preliminary results suggest that nurses have low levels of knowledge about assessing and preventing deconditioning but higher levels of knowledge regarding interventions. Confidence levels also warrant attention. CONCLUSIONS: The significance of the study lies not only in the evaluation itself, but in the recommendations to be generated. Nurses who are knowledgeable about deconditioning should be able to anticipate the risks and take steps to prevent the cascade of iatrogenesis. An anticipated outcome is the provision of information that will be pertinent to essential curriculum content for Schools of Nursing.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T11:25:05Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T11:25:05Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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