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Welfare Reform on the Web (July 2010): Care of the elderly - overseas

Elder abuse in long term care: types, patterns and risk factors

L. Post and others

Research on Aging, vol.32, 2010, p. 323-348

The authors investigated types and patterns of elder abuse by paid caregivers in long-term care and assessed the role of several risk factors for different abuses and for multiple abuse types. Data were gathered in 2005 from a random-digit-dial survey of relatives of persons in long-term care. The research computed occurrence rates and conditional occurrence rates for each of six abuse types: physical, caretaking, verbal, emotional, neglect and material. The findings have implications for those monitoring the well being of older people in long-term care in the USA as well as those responsible for developing public health interventions.

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