Primary care nurses' challenges, opportunities, and facilitators of elder abuse intervention in Malaysia

Mohd Mydin, Fadzilah Hanum and Othman, Sajaratulnisah and Choo, Wan Yuen and Mohd Hairi, Noran Naqiah and Mohd Hairi, Farizah and Ali, Zainudin and Abdul Aziz, Suriyati (2022) Primary care nurses' challenges, opportunities, and facilitators of elder abuse intervention in Malaysia. Public Health Nursing, 39 (1, SI). pp. 3-14. ISSN 0737-1209, DOI

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Objectives To explore the views of nurses on challenges, perceived roles and improvement strategies concerning elder abuse intervention in Malaysia. Design and sample Eleven focus group discussions were conducted using a semi-structured interview based on the socio-ecological framework. The data were analyzed using a multistep process of thematic analysis. Results Three themes emerged from the data analysis: (1) The predicament: being unwilling or not able to intervene (2) Bridging the older people and health system gap (3) Getting to grips with the barriers. There are multifactorial contributors identified at the individual, interpersonal, organizational, community and policy levels in each theme. These factors interact across the levels to influence nurses' capability to intervene in elder abuse. Conclusion A framework is needed to articulate Malaysian nurses' role in elder abuse intervention in terms of personal and professional development through culturally sensitive education and the establishment of clinical guidelines in the primary care setting. Strengthening organizational support and the institution of national policy and permissive reporting laws of elder abuse will empower the primary care nurses to address elder abuse in primary care settings and communities.

Item Type: Article
Funders: Universiti Malaya Grand Challenge Program [Grant No: GC001C_14HTM]
Uncontrolled Keywords: Barriers; Elder abuse; Facilitators; Nurses; Primary care; Qualitative; Role
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2022 07:10
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2022 07:10

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