Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Health, Physical Education and Recreation
Dr. David Corbin
The purpose of this investigation was to answer the following research questions: 1. How do the attitudes of physicians toward the older adult compare to the attitudes of previously studied medical students? 2. What is the relationship between the attitudes of physicians toward older adults and the following: medical specialty, years in practice, sex, age, estimate of percent of patients 65 and older and whether or not a physician has ever taken a course on aging? Two hundred physicians completed the questionnaire. The number of respondents represented 27 different medical specialties, later regrouped to 14 specialties. Results of this study indicated that there was a significant relationship between the age of the physician and his or her attitudes toward older people, and a low but significant correlation found between years in practice and attitudes toward aging.
Hellbusch, Joan Swanson, "A Survey of Physicians' Attitudes on Aging" (1992). Student Work. 1982.