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, Ravanipour@bpums.ac.ir
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Introduction and purpose: Limitations of old age and chronic illnesses lead to frequent use of both inpatient and outpatient health services. Nurses’ attitude toward providing comprehensive and quality care as well as assessment of patients' needs is of great importance. The aim of this study was to assess the nurses' attitudes towards supportive needs of elderly patients admitted to hospitals at the Bushehr University of Medical Sciences in 1392.
Materials and Methods: This descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted among 100 nurses working in hospitals of the Bushehr University of Medical Sciences. The participants in the present study were selected by census method. Data were collected using a questionnaire that designed by researchers and consisted of two parts including demographic characteristics and supportive needs of elderly. The supportive needs of elderly composed of three domains named physical, psychological and spiritual need. Data were analyzed by descriptive statistics, ANOVA, t-test and Pearson Correlation using SPSS 19.
Findings: The mean age of nurses participated in this study was 29.80±5.317 years and %86 of them were female. The majority of nurses reported positive attitude toward physical and spiritual needs of elderly. However, nurses’ attitude toward psychological needs of elderly was mainly neutral. Our findings showed that there is a significant and positive association between age and experience of nurses with nurses’ attitudes in all three domains of physical, spiritual and psychological needs (p <0.0 5).
Conclusion: According to the findings of this study, nurses’ attitude toward physical and spiritual needs of elderly was mainly positive, while it was neutral for emotional needs. Therefore, it is recommended to promote nurses’ attitude toward emotional needs of hospitalized elderly in order to meet patients’ psychological demands and maintain their dignity.
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Special
Received: 2014/09/27 | Accepted: 2015/01/7 | Published: 2015/02/14

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