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Elder abuse among out patient department attendees in a tertiary hospital

Show simple item record Edirisinghe, P.A.S. Paranitharan, P. Perera, W.N.S. Shehan, W. 2015-09-30T08:31:48Z 2015-09-30T08:31:48Z 2009
dc.identifier.citation The Ceylon Medical Journal. 2009; 54(Supplement 1):36 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0009-0875 (Print)
dc.description Oral Presentation Abstract (OP43), 122nd Annual Scientific Sessions, Sri Lanka Medical Association, 2009 Colombo, Sri Lanka en_US
dc.description.abstract BACKGROUND: Abuse of older people is a hidden problem in society. Older people are frightened or embarrassed to report its presence. The extent of the problem is not studied adequately in Sri Lanka. METHODS: A cross sectional descriptive study was conducted at the North Colombo Teaching Hospital, outpatient department on 530 consecutive adults over 60 years of age. The Hwalek-Sengstock Elder abuse screening test which was assessed for face validity and content validity among 50 older persons and modified, was used for data collection along with a brief demographic questionnaire. Those with a mini-mental state examination score of 23 or less were excluded from the study. Data was collected by trained medical officers after informed written consent from the subjects. Confidentiality of the information provided was assured. RESULTS: 348 females (65%) and 182 males (35%) were included in the study. The mean age was 68.5 years. 26 (5.6%) reported physical abuse of whom 14 (2.6%) had been struck, slapped or kicked and five had received medical attention for injuries. Three had made a Police complaint. Up to 136 (25%) had perceived emotional abuse. 53 (10%) had experienced derogatory remarks and 12 (2. 3%) had been threatened with punishment and institutionalisation. 20 (3.7%) claimed neglect and 116 (22%) claimed their caregiver was financially dependent on them. There was no significant difference among the sexes. CONCLUSIONS: Physical, emotional and financial abuse of elders is present in our study population. The numbers although small, may represent only the tip of the iceberg. 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 out patient department attendees in a tertiary hospital en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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