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Table 3 Perceptions related to the importance of gerontology in health sciences

From: Perceptions on the importance of gerontological education by teachers and students of undergraduate health sciences

Perception Students N (%) Teachers N (%)
It is important to include gerontological content in the curriculum 69/122 (57) 15/26 (58)
Education on ageing matters is essential in my profession 50/122 (41)* 5/26 (19)
Academic content on ageing matters is relevant in the teaching of health sciences 18/122 (15) 2/26 (8)
Teachers need further training on ageing matters 39/122 (32) 11/26 (42)
The direct contact with elderly populations is essential for students in health sciences 79/122 (65) 13/26 (50)
Teachers should pursue postgraduate studies in geriatrics and gerontology 44/122 (36) 12/26 (46)
There is a need for interdisciplinary work in the field of gerontology 55/122 (45)* 6/26 (23)
I do not like to work with elderly populations 4/122(3) 1/26 (4)
  1. Chi-square test: *p < 0.05