Mr Kofi Awuviry-Newton

Mr Kofi Awuviry-Newton

Research student

Career Summary

Biography

Kofi Awuviry-Newton is a social worker by profession and social gerontologist with expertise in applying mixed methds into studying the prevalence and how older people talk about their difficulty in activities of daily living (ADL) and instrumental activities of daily living (IADL) in Africa, specifically Ghana. He applies interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) and other qualitative analysis methods based on theoretical frameworks such as World Health Organisation International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health, and Ethics of Care theoretical frameworks to understand the lived experience of older adults living with ADL and IADL difficulties and lived experience of caregivers of older peoples. 

Kofi is a qualitative methodologist, and currently, a PhD candidate in Gerontology and Geriatrics at the School of Medicine and Public Health.

Kofi is proficient in the use of NVivo and Stata data analysis softwares. He is interested in using the WHO-ICF to study the disability/difficulty experienced by older people quantitatively and qualitatively.  He is proficient in using secondary data from WHO Study on adult health and AGEing (wave 0, 1, 2, &3) to study the health and social needs of older adults and their caregivers.


Keywords

  • caregivers of older people
  • disability
  • health economics
  • healthy ageing
  • interpretative phenomenlogical analysis
  • qualitative research
  • quantitative research
  • social work

Languages

  • English (Fluent)
  • Akan (Mother)

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
SOWK917 Working with children, young people and families
University of Wollongong
Tutor 1/7/2020 - 18/12/2020
HAS121 HHuman Development in Social Context
University of Wollongong
Tutor 1/7/2020 - 25/12/2020
SOWK915 Social work practice with individuals and families
University of Wollongong
Tutor (Master of Social Work (Qualifying)) 1/1/2020 - 30/6/2020
Sowk910 Critically reflective social work
University of Wollongong
Tutor 1/1/2020 - 30/6/2020
SOWK913 Human Service Systems and Policy Development
University of Wollongong
Tutor 1/7/2020 - 25/12/2020
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Chapter (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2021 Awuviry-Newton K, Tavener M, Wales K, Byles J, 'Towards a better understanding of the long-term care needs of older people in Ghana', The Future of Long-Term Care 117-142 (2021)

Ghana is one of the countries in sub-Saharan Africa experiencing population ageing spanning from decreasing death and delayed mortality. Even though this development is a success,... [more]

Ghana is one of the countries in sub-Saharan Africa experiencing population ageing spanning from decreasing death and delayed mortality. Even though this development is a success, it raises concerns for the long-term care (LTC) needs of older people in Ghana. The overall aim of this chapter is to discuss the LTC needs of older people as a multifactorial concept, drawing attention to the need for multiple interventions to prepare for and sustain LTC for older people in Ghana. This chapter first sets the scene for contextual understanding by discussing the evolution of familial care for older people in the country. It then draws attention to the urgent issue of LTC for older people in light of increasing care needs of older people, the burden on caregivers and the support systems that exist in the Ghanaian context, including care institutions. Finally, the chapter offers some practical recommendations for preparing for, enacting, implementing, and sustaining LTC systems and arrangements unique to older people¿s needs in the Ghanaian context.

Co-authors Julie Byles, Meredith Tavener, Kylie Wales

Journal article (14 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2021 Asiamah N, Vieira ER, Kouveliotis K, Gasana J, Awuviry-Newton K, Eduafo R, 'Associations between older African academics' physical activity, walkability and mental health: a social distancing perspective.', Health Promot Int, (2021)
DOI 10.1093/heapro/daab093
2021 Awuviry-Newton K, Tavener M, Wales K, Denham AMJ, Byles J, 'A meta-synthesis of care and support for older adults in Africa', Journal of Family Studies, (2021)

This meta-synthesis joins together qualitative evidence on the care and support provision for older adults in an African context employing the World Health Organisation Internatio... [more]

This meta-synthesis joins together qualitative evidence on the care and support provision for older adults in an African context employing the World Health Organisation International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (WHO-ICF) framework, and Ethics of Care theory as organizing schema. A search of electronic databases, plus other relevant sources produced 465 articles from which nine met inclusion criteria. The synthesis identified findings improving our understanding of the care needs of older adults, and caregiving commitment thoroughly classified by the WHO-ICF and the ethics of care theoretical frameworks. This meta-synthesis reveals the strengths and gaps in knowledge from existing studies and draws attention to the need for further research targeting older adults and caregivers¿ needs in Africa.

DOI 10.1080/13229400.2021.1897031
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Julie Byles, Kylie Wales, Meredith Tavener
2021 Awuviry-Newton K, Wales K, Tavener M, Kowal P, Byles J, 'Functional difficulties and toileting among older adults in Ghana: Evidence from the World Health Organization Study on global AGEing and adult health (SAGE) Ghana Wave 1', Ageing and Society, (2021)

Ghana's older population is projected to increase in coming decades and as a result will see increasing care needs. Understanding the functional difficulties older adults exp... [more]

Ghana's older population is projected to increase in coming decades and as a result will see increasing care needs. Understanding the functional difficulties older adults experience, and the associated factors, will help identify relevant intervention to assist older adults in meeting their care needs. This study aimed to analyse the prevalence of functional difficulties among older adults in Ghana, and examine how the World Health Organization International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (WHO-ICF) conceptual framework can relate to toileting difficulty to understand the factors that increase older adults' care needs. Data were for 5,096 adults aged 3/450 years from the WHO Study on global AGEing and adult health (SAGE) Ghana Wave 1. Difficulties were assessed using self-reported difficulty on 22 functional items, including toileting. Multivariate logistic regression tested associations between toileting and other factors as related to the WHO-ICF conceptual framework. Older adults reported climbing one flight of stairs without resting as a common functional difficulty. Difficulty eating was the item least identified. Toileting difficulty was ranked second among five total activities of daily living difficulties. Age, marital status, self-reported health, memory, bodily pain, short- and far-distance vision, obesity, stroke, chronic lung disease, trust at individual and neighbourhood level, toilet facility type, socialising with co-workers, and public and religious meeting attendance were statistically significantly associated with toileting difficulty in the final parsimonious model. Post-hoc analysis testing interaction revealed that interaction existed between female sex and never married marital status (p = 0.04), and obesity and widowed marital status (p = 0.01), with toileting as the outcome. A significant level of functional difficulty existed among Ghanaian older adults in this sample. Toileting difficulty was associated with factors across different components in the WHO-ICF, emphasising functional, social and environmental factors related to this fundamental human activity.

DOI 10.1017/S0144686X21000453
Citations Scopus - 2
Co-authors Julie Byles, Meredith Tavener, Kylie Wales, Paul Kowal
2021 Newton A, Awuviry-Newton K, Oppong Nkansah J, Abekah-Carter K, 'Understanding older adults' functioning and health-seeking behaviour during the COVID-19 pandemic in Ghana: A descriptive qualitative study', Health and Social Care in the Community, (2021)

Little research has been conducted to explore the functional status of community-dwelling older adults in sub-Saharan Africa, including Ghana, especially during the COVID-19 pande... [more]

Little research has been conducted to explore the functional status of community-dwelling older adults in sub-Saharan Africa, including Ghana, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. This study investigated the functional status and the health-seeking behaviour of older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic in Ghana. Utilising a descriptive qualitative approach, semi-structured interviews were used to collect data from 12 eligible older adults from southern Ghana. With the use of NVivo (v12), descriptive and focused coding techniques were employed to analyse the data. The following five themes were identified after the data analysis: (a) older adults' health status during COVID-19 pandemic, (b) feeling limited, (c) feeling of unhappiness for being inactive, (d) striving to be active and (e) seeking healthcare during COVID-19 pandemic. This study revealed the unique health and social-related needs of Ghanaian older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic. This study's findings draw attention to the urgent need for the state to devise practical health and social-related initiatives to support older adults during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

DOI 10.1111/hsc.13452
2021 Nkansah OJ, Awuviry-Newton K, Gyasi M, Newton A, Boateng ASA, ' Who doesn t Have Challenges? I Have a Lot of Challenges : Exploring the Challenges and Coping Strategies of Neglected Older Adults in Ghana', Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, 36 91-104 (2021) [C1]

The purpose of this study was to explore the challenges neglected older adults experience and the strategies they employ to cope. A Phenomenological qualitative approach was adopt... [more]

The purpose of this study was to explore the challenges neglected older adults experience and the strategies they employ to cope. A Phenomenological qualitative approach was adopted. Employing criterion purposive sampling, 12 older adults were recruited from a community in Winneba in Ghana. A semi-structured interview guide following focus group discussion was used to explore the challenges and the coping strategies of older adults. Thematic data analysis making use of descriptive coding was employed. The study revealed that neglected older adults experience financial challenges, health issues, and social isolations. They lacked decent accommodation, nutritional food and were prevented from determining the kind of food they want to eat. These neglected older adults survived by adopting internal and external coping strategies. This study offers a better understanding of the needs of neglected older adults and the nature of their coping strategies. It is recommended that financial and social care should be available for older adults.

DOI 10.1007/s10823-020-09419-3
Citations Scopus - 3
2020 Ampofo AG, Adumatta AD, Owusu E, Awuviry-Newton K, 'A cross-sectional study of barriers to cervical cancer screening uptake in Ghana: An application of the health belief model', PLOS ONE, 15 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0231459
Citations Web of Science - 5
2020 Awuviry-Newton K, Ofori-Dua K, Newton A, 'Correlates of older adult inpatients personal care provision to people with functional difficulties in Ghana', PLoS ONE, 15 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0238693
Citations Scopus - 1
2020 Awuviry-Newton K, Nkansah JO, Ofori-Dua K, 'Attributions of elder neglect: A phenomenological study of older people in Ghana', Health and Social Care in the Community, 28 2172-2178 (2020) [C1]

The purpose of the study was to explore how neglected older people describe the factors contributing to their state of neglect. A Phenomenological qualitative approach making use ... [more]

The purpose of the study was to explore how neglected older people describe the factors contributing to their state of neglect. A Phenomenological qualitative approach making use of a semi-structured interview was adopted. Purposive criterion and snowballing sampling were employed to recruit 12 older people facing neglect from Winneba in Ghana. Thematic data analysis making use of in-vivo and focussed coding was employed. Four major interrelated themes were identified. The themes are (a) ¿Since the death of my husband¿: neglect as a function of a natural cause; (b) ¿I did not plan well by then¿: neglect attributed to the self; (c) ¿They do to all of us¿: neglect resulting from the failure of government institutions; and, (d) ¿Our family do not even come to see us¿: neglect attributed to the breakdown of the extended family system. Application of the ecological theory in the discussion improves our understanding of holistic factors depriving older people of care and protection in Ghana. The findings draw attention to programs and policies, taking into consideration the personal, health and environmental factors to meet the needs of older people in Ghana.

DOI 10.1111/hsc.13028
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 5
2020 Awuviry-Newton K, Wales K, Tavener M, Byles J, 'Do factors across the World Health Organisation's International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health framework relate to caregiver availability for community-dwelling older adults in Ghana?', PLOS ONE, 15 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0233541
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 6
Co-authors Meredith Tavener, Kylie Wales, Julie Byles
2020 Awuviry-Newton K, Tavener M, Wales K, Byles J, 'The roles and capacities of social workers in the lives of older adults seeking healthcare and their caregivers in Ghana', HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE IN THE COMMUNITY, 29 877-888 (2020)
DOI 10.1111/hsc.13121
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Meredith Tavener, Julie Byles, Kylie Wales
2020 Awuviry-Newton K, Tavener M, Wales K, Byles J, 'Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of the Lived Experiences of Older Adults Regarding Their Functional Activities in Ghana', Journal of Primary Care and Community Health, 11 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.1177/2150132720931110
Citations Scopus - 7
Co-authors Kylie Wales, Julie Byles, Meredith Tavener
2017 Barnie AJ, Nyarko AS, Dapaah JM, Appiah SCY, Awuviry-Newton K, 'Understanding Youth Violence in Kumasi: Does Community Socialization Matter? A Cross-Sectional Study', Urban Studies Research, 2017 1-10 (2017)
DOI 10.1155/2017/1565602
Awuviry-Newton K, Ofori-Dua K, Newton A, 'Understanding Transportation difficulty Among older adults in Ghana from the Perspective of World Health Organisation s Healthy Ageing framework: Lessons for Improving Social Work Practice with Older Adults', The British Journal of Social Work,
DOI 10.1093/bjsw/bcaa247
Appiah S, Dapaah J, Awuviry-Newton K, 'Reflections on Research Communication, Dissemination and Uptake to Impact Outreach', British Journal of Education, Society & Behavioural Science, 18 1-9
DOI 10.9734/bjesbs/2016/26277
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Conference (9 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 Awuviry-Newton K, Tavener M, Wales K, Byles W, 'Using Ethics of Care as the theoretical lens to understand the lived experiences of caregivers of older adults with functional difficulties', The University of Sheffield, United Kingdom (2020)
Co-authors Kylie Wales, Meredith Tavener
2020 Awuviry-Newton K, Tavener M, Wales K, Byles J, 'Using the Ethics of Care as the theoretical lens to understand the lived experiences of caregivers of older adults with functional difficulties', University of Sheffield, United Kingdom (2020)
Co-authors Julie Byles, Kylie Wales, Meredith Tavener
2019 Awuviry-Newton K, Tavener M, Wales K, Kowal P, Byles J, 'ACTIVITIES OF DAILY LIVING DIFFICULTIES AND TOILETING AMONG OLDER GHANAIANS: AN APPLICATION OF WHO-ICF FRAMEWORK', Innovation in Aging, Austin Texas (2019)
DOI 10.1093/geroni/igz038.1916
Co-authors Kylie Wales, Paul Kowal, Julie Byles, Meredith Tavener
2019 Awuviry-Newton K, Tavener M, Wales K, Bylie J, 'Interpretative Phenomenological analysis of the lived experiences of older adults in functional activities', Sydney, Australia (2019)
Co-authors Kylie Wales, Meredith Tavener
2019 Awuviry-Newton K, Wales K, Meredith T, Kowal P, Byles J, 'Activities of daily living difficulties and toileting among older people in Ghana: an application of World Health Organisation International Classification of Functioning (ICF) framework', Moncton, Canada (2019)
Co-authors Paul Kowal, Kylie Wales, Julie Byles
2019 Awuviry-Newton K, Wales K, Tavener M, Kowal P, Byles J, 'Activities of daily living difficulties and toileting among older people in Ghana: an application of World Health Organisation International Classification of Functioning (ICF) framework', Austin-Texas, United States of America (2019)
Co-authors Paul Kowal, Julie Byles, Meredith Tavener, Kylie Wales
2017 Awuviry-Newton K, Tavener M, Byles J, 'Evolution of Familial Care and Support Systems for Older People in Ghana: A Literature Review', Perth, Australia (2017)
Co-authors Meredith Tavener, Julie Byles
2016 Awuviry-Newton K, Barnie A, Dapaah JM, Appiah SCY, 'Therapeutic Utility of Nurse-Patient Relationship on Health Care Outcomes of Patient of Ejisu In Ashanti Region In Ghana; Poster Paper presented: Youth violence in Kumasi: Drivers and Causatives', Fumesua (2016)
2016 Awuviry-Newton K, Dapaah JM, Appiah SCY, 'Barriers to decent living among Persons with Disabilities in Ghana-Does the District Assembly Common Fund offer any respite? A study of the Asante Akim Central Municipality in Ashanti region of Ghana', University of Ghana (2016)
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Mr Kofi Awuviry-Newton

Contact Details

Email kofi.awuvirynewton@uon.edu.au
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