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Sri Lankan medical officers’ attitudes towards the elderly: a pilot study

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Roshan Fernando ,

University of Kelaniya, LK
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Gayani Ratnayake,

Colombo North Teaching Hospital, LK
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Nisansala Liyanage,

Colombo North Teaching Hospital, LK
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Madhavi Fonseka,

Colombo North Teaching Hospital, LK
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Iresh Perera,

Colombo North Teaching Hospital, LK
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K. A. L. A. Kuruppuarachchi,

University of Kelaniya, LK
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Aruni Hapangama

University of Kelaniya, LK
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Abstract

Ageism among doctors influences treatment options and care of the elderly. Attitudes of Sri Lankan doctors towards the elderly have not been studied previously. This descriptive cross-sectional study using Fraboni’s scale of ageism explored doctors' attitudes towards older people in three selected hospitals in Sri Lanka and the relationship of such attitudes with demographic, employment, education and training-related factors. No association between the attitude of doctors toward the elderly and the factors studied in this pilot study were found.
How to Cite: Fernando, R., Ratnayake, G., Liyanage, N., Fonseka, M., Perera, I., Kuruppuarachchi, K.A.L.A. and Hapangama, A., 2022. Sri Lankan medical officers’ attitudes towards the elderly: a pilot study. Journal of the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, 9(2), pp.E191 1–5. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/jpgim.8370
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Published on 17 Oct 2022.
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