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)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
110308 Geriatrics and Gerontology 40
160799 Social Work not elsewhere classified 30
111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified 30

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
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
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (6 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 Awuviry-Newton K, Nkansah JO, Ofori-Dua K, 'Attributions of elder neglect: A phenomenological study of older people in Ghana', HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE IN THE COMMUNITY, (2020)
DOI 10.1111/hsc.13028
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
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
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 communitydwelling older adults in Ghana?', PLoS ONE, 15 (2020)

© 2020 Public Library of Science. All rights reserved. Introduction In Ghana, the care needs of older adults in the later years has become a critical issue given population ageing... [more]

© 2020 Public Library of Science. All rights reserved. Introduction In Ghana, the care needs of older adults in the later years has become a critical issue given population ageing and increased proportions of older adults with difficulties with functional abilities. However, factors related to caregiver availability is unknown. The purpose of this study was to examine how the World Health Organisation's International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (WHO-ICF) framework relates to caregiver availability for community-dwelling older adults in Ghana. This evidence will strengthen our understanding of the perceived unmet care needs of older adults in Ghana in Africa. Materials and methods A hospital-based survey was conducted among 400 consecutively recruited older adult inpatients using a questionnaire at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in southern Ghana. Multivariate logistic regression tested associations between caregiver availability and other factors as related to the WHO-ICF conceptual framework. Results Eighty-six per cent of the participants reported having an available caregiver. In the final parsimonious model, the environmental factors were highly related to caregiver availability, seconded by personal factors, and then health conditions. Body function and structure, activity, and participation variables were not statistically significant. Overall, the variables that were associated with caregiver availability were age, being a widow, having a single chronic condition, being hardly understood by friends and family, receiving no neighbourhood support, and having 2 4 children. Interaction existed between being a widow and living as a couple in relation to caregiver availability. Conclusions Caregiver availability is associated with variables under the personal, health and environmental components of the WHO-ICF. Increased effort to strengthen the current and future welfare programs, including the health of older adults and their caregivers is relevant.

DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0233541
Co-authors Kylie Wales, Julie Byles, Meredith Tavener
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)

© The Author(s) 2020. Introduction: Research on disability largely draws on epidemiological data, often conducted in more developed countries. To date, there is little research re... [more]

© The Author(s) 2020. Introduction: Research on disability largely draws on epidemiological data, often conducted in more developed countries. To date, there is little research related to older adults in Ghana, Africa. The purpose of this study was to strengthen understanding of how older adults in Ghana perform functional activities, referenced against the World Health Organization¿s International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (WHO-ICF) framework. Methods: Interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) of semistructured interview data was employed as the methodological approach. Using purposive criterion sampling, 8 older adults admitted to Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Ghana, presenting with any identified health condition and/or frailty were recruited. Results: Analysis of interview data identified 5 interrelated themes: (1) feeling anxious, (2) feeling restricted, (3) understanding and admitting difficulty, (4) striving to be healthy and being productive, and (5) managing functional difficulty. These concerns were classified and related to the WHO-ICF, particularly the contextual factors. Discussion: This study examined in detail experiences of older adults performing functional activities. Our study highlights the relevance of the WHO-ICF framework for understanding the health needs of older adults, emphasizing the functional, social, and environmental factors influencing the functional status of older adults. The findings offer unique insight into the health needs of older adults, drawing attention to the implications for policy and care.

DOI 10.1177/2150132720931110
Co-authors Julie Byles, Meredith Tavener, Kylie Wales
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
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 (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
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 Meredith Tavener, Julie Byles, Paul Kowal, Kylie Wales
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Mr Kofi Awuviry-Newton

Contact Details

Email kofi.awuvirynewton@uon.edu.au
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