Knowledge, attitude, and practice of care of the elderly among health care workers of Dadin Kowa comprehensive hospital, Jos South, Plateau State, Nigeria
Mwolchet Helen Shekara, William Jonathan Manja, Mwolchet Pokyes Shekara
The health issues related to the senior population are on the rise in tandem with the worldwide trend toward an aging population, particularly in emerging nations like Nigeria. The goal of the study was to evaluate the knowledge, attitudes, and practices of healthcare professionals at Dakin Kowa Comprehensive Hospital in Jos, Nigeria, regarding the care of the elderly. The study used a cross-sectional descriptive study approach. The population comprises Doctors, Nurses, Dentists, and Physiotherapists in Dadin Kowa Comprehensive Hospital, Jos with 114 respondents. The sample size was 114, and the instrument for data collection questionaries. Data analysis was done using frequency distributing tables and the mean rating table’s instrument was face validated by my supervisor. According to the study's findings, 95% of healthcare professionals were knowledgeable on how to care for elderly people. The majority of the medical staff rated their attitudes as favorable on a scale of 2.5 or above. Care for older patients was modestly practiced by the medical staff. In conclusion, a qualified workforce of health professionals is crucial if healthcare workers are to be able to handle a more demanding role in the future and provide appropriate treatment for the seriously sick patient. The research made the recommendation that additional resources be made available and that staff members be trained in the field of aged care. In hospitals, specialized rooms or departments for the elderly should be established with qualified personnel.
Mwolchet Helen Shekara, William Jonathan Manja, Mwolchet Pokyes Shekara. Knowledge, attitude, and practice of care of the elderly among health care workers of Dadin Kowa comprehensive hospital, Jos South, Plateau State, Nigeria. Int J Adv Res Nurs 2023;6(1):58-65. DOI: 10.33545/nursing.2023.v6.i1.A.301