Health care provision for older persons: The interplay between ageism and elder neglect

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The aim of this study was to explore the link between neglect and ageism in health care provision for older persons. Semistructured in-depth interviews were conducted with 30 registered nurses with at least 2 years' experience in 10 long-term care facilities in Israel. Interviews were digitally recorded and transcribed verbatim. Data analysis was performed according to the qualitative method. Three main themes emerged: ageism and neglect as the everyday routine (neglect is built into institution life on the platform of ageism); how the institutional system promotes neglect - between institutional and personal ageism (the ways institutions promote neglect in the shadow of ageism); from vision to reality - how neglect can be prevented in an ageist reality the attempt to demonstrate the link between ageism and neglect and suggesting how to include them as interrelated phenomena in health care provision programs could promote older persons' quality of life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)NP113-NP127
JournalJournal of Applied Gerontology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 16 Apr 2015

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  • elder neglect
  • nursing
  • nursing homes
  • quality of life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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