Background: Studies have shown that the quality of elderly care is substantially influenced
by the attitudes of healthcare staff. The present study aimed to assess the attitude of rural community
health workers towards elderly people.
Methods: A cross-sectional design was employed in this study, which was conducted among all
health workers of Harsin city (province of Kermanshah - Iran). The Kogan's Attitudes towards Older
People Scale (KOPS) was used to measure data. The statistical program SPSS, version 22 was used to
perform the data analysis.
Results: The mean age of the participated health workers was 37.59 ± 4.48, about 85% were married
and 76% were diploma holders. The average score of attitude was 150.60 ±15.31. About 15% of rural
community health workers had negative attitude towards older adults. No significant relationships
were observed between age, gender, marital status, work experience and educational status with attitudes
Conclusion: The findings of this study showed that rural community health workers do not have
strong positive attitude towards the elderly. Therefore, it is imperative to develop efforts to improve
positive attitudes of rural community health workers towards older adults and aging process.