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Elder abuse among outpatient department attendees in a tertiary care hospital in Sri Lanka.

Show simple item record Edirisinghe, P.A.S. Paranitharn, P. Perera, W.N.S. Williams, S.S. 2015-08-06T03:55:44Z 2015-08-06T03:55:44Z 2014
dc.identifier.citation The Ceylon Medical Journal.2014; 59(3): 84-89 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0009-0875 (Print)
dc.description Indexed in MEDLINE en_US
dc.description.abstract OBJECTIVES: Abuse of older people is a hidden problem. Some believe that it is less in Asian societies as the extended family is a protective factor. The real extent of the problem however, is not researched adequately in Sri Lanka. METHODS: A cross sectional descriptive study was conducted at the North Colombo Teaching Hospital on 530 consecutive adults above 60 years of age attending the out-patient department. The Hwalek-Sengstock elder abuse screening test with modifications to address socio-cultural differences was administered. A brief demographic questionnaire and questions on past and present abuse were also included. RESULTS: Out of 530 elders studied, 32 (6%) were above 80 years of age and the mean age was 68.5 years. Male to female ratio was 1:2. Abuse, either physical, psychological, verbal or neglect was reported by 239 (45%) elders. Physical abuse was reported by 5.6%. The screening test revealed that the study population was vulnerable to psychological and financial abuse. Total overall rate of abuse was 38.5%. Loneliness was reported by 26%. Of the caregivers, 22% were financially dependent on the elders. Having more than three children was a risk factor for psychological and financial abuse and being single was a risk factor for psychological abuse. CONCLUSIONS: Physical, emotional and financial abuse of elders were reported in our study population. A limitation of this study was that it studied elders who sought treatment at a tertiary care hospital. Community studies will be needed to establish the true prevalence of elder abuse. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Sri Lanka Medical Association en_US
dc.subject Elder abuse en_US
dc.title Elder abuse among outpatient department attendees in a tertiary care hospital in Sri Lanka. en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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