General practitioners' knowledge of ageing and attitudes towards older people in China

Yanni Yang, Lily Dongxia Xiao, Shahid Ullah, Lanlan Deng

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Aim: To explore general practitioners (GPs)knowledge of ageing, attitudes towards older people and factors affecting their knowledge and attitudes in a Chinese context. Methods: Four hundred GPs were surveyed using the Chinese version of the Aging Semantic Differential (CASD) and the Chinese version of the Facts on Aging Quiz (CFAQ1) scale. Results: The CASD scores indicated that GPs had a neutral attitude towards older people. The CFAQ1 scores indicated a low level of knowledge about ageing. GPs' awareness of the mental and social facts of ageing was poorer compared to that of physical facts. Male GPs had a significantly higher negative bias score than female GPs. No other variables had a statistically significant influence on knowledge and attitudes. Conclusions: The findings suggest the need for education interventions for GPs regarding knowledge of ageing and also provide evidence to guide future development of continuing medical programs for this group of medical doctors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)82-87
Number of pages6
JournalAustralasian Journal on Ageing
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished or Issued - 1 Jun 2015


  • Ageing
  • Attitude
  • Continuing medical education
  • General practitioner
  • Knowledge

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Community and Home Care
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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