‘One size does not fit all’: Perspectives on diversity in community aged care Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • OBJECTIVES:Typically, older people are viewed via a single health condition, yet health outcomes are likely impacted by the intersection of many individual characteristics. Promoting inclusive health care is underpinned by reducing bias, respectful communication and supporting individual needs and preferences. This study explores perspectives of community aged care workers on diversity training and implementing training into practice. METHODS:Ninety community aged care workers were telephone-interviewed three months after a one-day diversity training workshop. Interviews were audio-recorded, transcribed verbatim and analysed thematically. RESULTS:Five themes emerged: 'raising awareness'; 'reserving judgement'; 'confidence and empowerment to embed diversity into practice'; 'communicating effectively'; and 'thinking about change … but'. CONCLUSIONS:Diversity concepts were positively received, but applying diversity principles into practice is more difficult. Recommendations to promote inclusive health care included raising awareness of bias, communicating with inclusive language and embedding diversity concepts into community aged care practice by addressing individual, organisational and wider system constraints.

authors

  • Meyer, Claudia
  • Appannah, Arti
  • McMillan, Sally
  • Browning, Colette
  • Ogrin, Rajna

publication date

  • 2018

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