Demographic and health profile of older adults utilising public health nursing services in Ireland

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8th September 2015, The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA)

The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA)

A new report by The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) on older people’s use of public health nursing services in Ireland was launched today by Dr. Catriona Murphy of TILDA at the annual general meeting of the Institute of Community Health Nursing. The report examines the demographic and health profile of those utilising Public Health Nursing services and their satisfaction with the service. The study was commissioned by the Institute of Community Health Nursing (ICHN).

Key findings include:

  • 6.6% of adults aged 50 years and older utilised public health nursing (PHN) services in 2009, the equivalent to 79,173 in the population
  • Utilisation was highest in those aged 85 years and older where over a third (33.7%) utilised PHN services
  • Almost a quarter (24.3%) of those who self-rate their health as poor utilised PHN services
  • Over a third (38.5%) of those with both an activity of daily living (ADL) difficulty and instrumental activity of daily living (IADL) difficulty utilised PHN services
  • Satisfaction with the PHN service was high (90%), with dissatisfaction mostly related to insufficient service provision

Read the full report here.