Ageism among health care providers and interventions to improve their attitudes toward older adults: an integrative review

J Gerontol Nurs. 2012 May;38(5):26-35. doi: 10.3928/00989134-20120307-09. Epub 2012 Mar 14.


The purpose of this study was to review relevant literature on ageism among health care providers and assess interventions used to improve their attitudes toward older adults. Literature published between 1983 and 2011 was reviewed using the keywords attitudes, older adults, nursing, and nursing students using CINAHL, MEDLINE, and the Education Resources Information Center. Previous relevant research is discussed and includes studies categorized according to health care provider populations: (a) nurses, (b) nursing students, (c) medical students, and (d) direct care workers. Studies in nursing and medical professions that highlight ageism have been conducted; however, there is a gap in the literature concerning ageism among direct care workers. This often neglected, yet critical population of health care providers is essential to the care of older adults; recommendations regarding their training and mentoring are emphasized.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Canada
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Prejudice*
  • United States