The Relationship between Elderly Abuse and Quality of Nursing Care in Outpatient Clinics

Document Type : Original Article


1 Nursing Science, Beni-Suef University, Egypt

2 Nursing Administration, Beni-Suef University, Egypt

3 Community Health Nursing, Beni-Suef University, Egypt


Background:  Elder abuse is a growing trend worldwide, posing a serious threat to public health and older adults’ health. Aim: This study aimed to assess the relationship between elderly abuse and quality of nursing care in Outpatient Clinics. Design: A descriptive design was conducted to achieve aim of this study. Setting:    This study was conducted in outpatient clinics at Beni-Suef university hospital, at Cairo governorate. Subjects: A convenient sample of elderly patients 80 elderly patients from the previously mentioned setting was included in the study aged from (60:75) years of both sexes, who attended the previously mentioned setting. Tools: it was divided into 4 parts; the first part is the Sociodemographic characteristics of the elder people and the medical history of elderly people. The second part is Quality of nursing care checklist includes actual performance regarding to care elder in outpatient unit, the last tool is Elderly abuse assessment sheet. Results: shows that, less than half of studied elderly people were reported moderate and poor quality of nursing care in outpatient clinics and more than one third of them reported high and moderate abuse toward elderly. additionally, there was positive correlation between all dimensions of quality of nursing care in outpatient clinics as reported by elderly people. Conclusion: there was positive correlation between total quality of nursing care in outpatient clinics and total elderly abuse during receiving outpatient services as reported by elderly people.  Recommendations: Continuous service educational program should be designed for early detection of elderly Abuse and implementation to motivate nursing staff to achieve high quality level of nursing care