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The Theory of Planned Behaviour Nurses Attitudes towards Older Patients Edmund Fitzgerald OConnor 9724709 ABSTRACT The Theory of Planned Behaviour was tested in a study for its ability to predict intention to behave in specific ways towards older patients There were 172 subjects from 3 Scottish universities Napier Edinburgh and Abertay Dundee The results gained from a questionnaire suggest that the Theory of Planned behaviour can be used to predict behavioural intentions of nurses when working with older patients Nurses intention to behave was predicted by their attitudes mostly perceived behavioural control also carried a significant beta weight although social norms were found to be non significant The underlying beliefs of attitudes subjective norms and perceived behavioural controls were also investigated in terms of expectancy value models Nurses with positive attitudes towards older patients were found to hold patient orientated values and job satisfaction more important than other relevant values Nurses are also more motivated to comply with senior staff that may share their positive attitudes also One consequence of the present findings is that greater levels of support by senior staff and ways of increasing job satisfaction will improve the levels of care and treatment for older patients Introduction Last year for the first time ever the developed countries of the world had more people aged 60 and over than youths aged 14 and under For the world as a whole the same will be true by the year 2043 The percentage proportion of older people in Western Europe is predicted to increase by 148 88 in Japan and 27 in the USUS Census bureau Two major forces drive the shift in age distribution First birth rates are declining in most parts of the world but especially in the industrialized nations and second life expectancy is increasing almost everywhere The UK is a prime example of this phenomenon In 1999 16 of the population was 65 and over
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