The Silent Crisis: Ageism in Health Services
Ageism is a pervasive issue that often goes unnoticed, especially in health services. This scoping review aims to shed light on the subtle and overt forms of ageism that older adults experience in healthcare settings.
The study meticulously maps out the expressions of ageism and suggests coping measures. It serves as an eye-opener for healthcare professionals, urging them to be vigilant about the care or neglect guided by age bias.
The Source Article Details
Ageism directed to older adults in health services: A scoping review. by AraÃ et al. in 2023.
The Source Article's Abstract
To map the expressions of ageism directed to older adults in health services and the respective coping measures.
A scoping review of primary studies in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, without time delimitation and collected from 14 databases. The data were presented in narrative summaries and charts.
The ageism expressions are understood at the interpersonal level through images and attitudes that depreciate, devalue life and delegitimize older adults' needs, as well as at the institutional level, which confers barriers to accessing health services, generating non-assistance and neglect.
The results may make health professionals vigilant for care/neglect guided by age bias and sensitive for coping with ageism by obtaining diverse scientific knowledge.
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Citing the Source Article (APA)
jo, P.O.d., Soares, I.M.S.C., Vale, P.R.L.F., Sousa, A.R.d., Aparicio, E.C., Carvalho, E.S.d.S. (2023). Ageism directed to older adults in health services: A scoping review.. Revista latino-americana de enfermagem, 31(e4019), e4019-e4019. 10.1590/1518-8345.6727.4019
Expressions and Coping: A Two-Pronged Approach
The review identifies ageism at both interpersonal and institutional levels. Interpersonal ageism manifests through attitudes and images that devalue and delegitimize the needs of older adults. Institutional ageism creates barriers to accessing health services, leading to neglect.
Coping measures include educational interventions and expanding communication channels between healthcare professionals, managers, and older adults. These measures aim to sensitize healthcare providers and combat ageism effectively.
Implications for the Medical Profession
- Increased Awareness: The review serves as a wake-up call for healthcare professionals to be more sensitive to ageism.
- Policy Changes: The findings could lead to policy revisions to make healthcare more inclusive for older adults.
- Training Programs: Educational interventions can be integrated into training programs for healthcare providers.
FAQs: What You Need to Know
What is ageism?
Ageism refers to discrimination based on age, particularly against older adults.
How does ageism manifest in healthcare?
It can be both subtle, like neglect, and overt, like denial of services based on age.
So, what do you think? Are you aware of ageism in your practice or institution? How can we collectively work to eradicate this form of discrimination? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.