Picot Question

Picot Question



Theinformation regarding ageism in the nursing profession indicates thatthe number of IreLanders aged 65 and above is expected to increase by 25%, in 20 yearsperiod from 2004 to 2026 (Dohertyet al., 2011).

Similarto Ire land, various research identified Ageism as a significant reallife problem in countries like Australia. It emanates from theongoing increase in life expectancy that has increases the populationof people aged above 75 years. Despite their increase the agedpopulation is left without care due to rural to urban migration ofthe young people in search for employment. Consequently, nurses arerequired to take care of the old people left in the rural areas(Dohertyet al., 2011).

Researchin Ireland indicates that Nurses in overall, have a positive attitudetowards old people although the level of the attitude increases withthe nurses’ level of education – graduates depict more positiveattitude compared to non graduates. The problem is to identify anapproach that can increase the overall attitude of nurses towards theaged (Dohertyet al., 2011).

Thereare various contributors to this difference in attitudes. The higherlevel of attitudes in Graduate nurses is associated with the acquiredsocial status, job opportunities, security and stability from theattainment of higher education. Negative attitude emanates from thepresence of structural context of work and restrictive practices atthe work place (Dohertyet al., 2011)..

ThePICOT question for the study follows:

Innursing healthcare for the aged in Ireland (P), how does the increaseof the nurses education (I) compared to the improvement ofstructural context of work and restrictive practice at the work place(C) affect the level of positive attitude towards the aged (O) intwenty years (T)(Dohertyet al., 2011).


Doherty,M., Mitchell, E. A., &amp O`Neill, S. (2011). Attitudes ofhealthcare workers towards older people in a rural population: Asurvey using the Kogan Scale. NursingResearch and Practice.