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Elder Abuse and Neglect
Rigon, Sara; Dascal-Weichhendler, Hagit; Rothschild-Meir, Shelly et al.
2022In The Role of Family Physicians in Older People Care. Practical Issues in Geriatrics
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Keywords :
Elder Abuse and neglect; Self-neglect; Elder maltreatment; primary health care; Family Medicine
Abstract :
[en] Elder maltreatment was frst mentioned in a scientifc publication in 1975; nowa- days elder abuse has gained the necessary visibility to become internationally recognised as a global public health and social matter. However data and studies on this specifc form of violence and the understanding of the phenomenon are still quite limited; recent meta-analysis tried to estimate the scale of the problem and indicated a combined prevalence for overall elder abuse in the past year between 14.3% and 15.7%, psychological abuse being the most common form of elder abuse both in community and residential settings. Elder abuse and neglect (EAN) has extensive effects on the quality of life, morbidity and mortality of older adults, and health workers are in a unique posi- tion to identify it. The global elderly population is increasing dramatically worldwide, from 900 million in 2015 to nearly 2 billion in 2050, so the incidence and prevalence of EAN will increase as well concomitantly. Identifcation and management of elder abuse need to be a priority of healthcare providers. At the same time, urgent steps should be taken by policymakers around the globe targeting the population changes and risk factors for EAN comprehensively, from every possible aspect.
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Public health, health care sciences & services
General & internal medicine
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Rigon, Sara
Dascal-Weichhendler, Hagit
Rothschild-Meir, Shelly
Gomez Bravo, Raquel ;  University of Luxembourg
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Elder Abuse and Neglect
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The Role of Family Physicians in Older People Care. Practical Issues in Geriatrics
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