Mitigation of COVID-19 risk among older adults in nursing homes: A public survey

Lee, Wan Ling and DeWitt, Dorothy and Chui, Ping Lei and Sahibudeen, Abdul Kadir Shah and Nurumal, Mohd Said and Chinna, Karuthan and Chong, Mei Chan (2021) Mitigation of COVID-19 risk among older adults in nursing homes: A public survey. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 47 (3). 23+. ISSN 0098-9134, DOI

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The current study examines the public's perception on the mitigation of COVID-19 risk and knowledge of disease symptoms among older adults in nursing homes, with the intention to address gaps in knowledge using mobile technologies. An online survey questionnaire was completed by 611 adults residing in Malaysia. The four domains, derived from factor analysis, affirmed the supportive perception among the public (score range = 4.42 to 4.64/5.0). However, among the gaps identified were the perception toward hand sanitizing and susceptibility of older adults to COVID-19. Public knowledge on symptoms of COVID-19 was limited (e.g., 41.4% to 53.4% incorrect responses to anosmia, diarrhea, confusion). Multivariate analysis of variance found that males and participants with less education had significantly lower supportive perceptions (p < 0.05). With > 86% of participants having access to internet communication technology, mobile interventions tailored to gender and educational level are recommended to promote long-term pandemic preparedness among stakeholders and the public.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: COVID-19; Nursing homes; Anosmia; Diarrhea; Confusion; Hand sanitizing; Access to internet communication technology
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions: Faculty of Education
Faculty of Medicine > Nursing Science Department
Depositing User: Ms Zaharah Ramly
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2022 02:11
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2022 02:19

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