Attitude towards the elderly from the staff working in the emergency wards in Lima hospitals in Lima

  • Pedro José Ortiz Saavedra Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia
  • Tania Tello Rodríguez Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia
  • Mónica Elena Pérez Correa Hospital Nacional Arzobispo Loayza
  • Luis Fernando Varela Pinedo Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia
  • Helver Alejandro Chávez Jimeno Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia
Keywords: Attitude, emergency medical services, health services for the aged, aged


Objective: To assess the emergency services personnel's attitude towards the elderly in Lima hospitals

Material and Method: The Kogan's Attitudes towards Older People Scale (KOP), validated by Sampen in Peru, was administered to healthcare workers from the Emergency Departments in three national hospitals in Lima: Cayetano Heredia (HNCH), Arzobispo Loayza (HNAL), and Hipolito Unanue (HNHU). A positive attitude towards the elderly was established if calculated scores in KOP were above 102, and a negative attitude was defined when KOP scores were 102 or lower.

Results: Two hundred and thirty five healthcare workers were interviewed. Nearly half of them (45,5%) were physicians, 45,5% were nurses, and 9% were administrative personnel. The mean age of interviewees was 34 years (SD: 7,3) and 50,6% were female. A positive attitude towards the elderly was found in 97,6% of the emergency service healthcare workers in HNCH, in 95,4% in HNAL, and 98,8% in HNHU. There were no differences between the hospitals studied, and also no differences were found with respect to sex, age, position or time working in the hospital.  

Conclusions: The attitude towards the elderly from healthcare workers in the Emergency Services in three National Hospitals in Lima is positive.


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Ortiz Saavedra PJ, Tello Rodríguez T, Pérez Correa ME, Varela Pinedo LF, Chávez Jimeno HA. Attitude towards the elderly from the staff working in the emergency wards in Lima hospitals in Lima. Acta Med Peru [Internet]. 2013Jun.29 [cited 2024Apr.19];30(2):75-8. Available from:

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