Ageism among Physicians and Nurses in Russia

Boris Punchik, Olga Tkacheva, Nadezda Runikhina, Natalya Sharashkina, Valentina Ostapenko, Tali Samson, Tami Freud, Yan Press

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Abstract

The phenomenon of ageism has been studied extensively in the Western world, but there is only a small number of studies among medical staff in Russia. The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence of ageism and to identify variables that can explain ageism in a sample of physicians and nurses in Russia. This is a prospective cross-sectional study of physicians and nurses who participated in a training course in the years 2016-2018 in Russia. Data collected before the start of training included the Fraboni scale of ageism (FSA) questionnaire, and sociodemographic characteristics including age, gender, profession, professional seniority, place of work, and number of older adults treated by the study participant over the past half year. In total, 903 physicians and nurses participated in the study. The mean FSA score was 2.75 ± 0.49, which indicates a moderate degree of ageism. There was a trend to higher scores among nurses compared with physicians (2.78 ± 0.50 vs. 2.76 ± 0.48, p < 0.465). There was a weak, but statistically significant, correlation between ageism and age (r = 0.157, p < 0.0001), professional seniority (r = 0.098, p < 0.003), and the number of older adult patients treated by the participant over the prior half year (r = 0.075, p < 0.025). There were no differences in other characteristics including gender, profession, work setting, or serving as main caregiver for a family member and the magnitude of ageism. The phenomenon of ageism exists among physicians and nurses in Russia. Older participants with greater professional seniority and a larger number of older patients had stronger ageism attitudes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)297-301
Number of pages5
JournalRejuvenation Research
Volume24
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2021

Keywords

  • Fraboni scale
  • attitude toward older adults
  • health care professionals

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