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Published on Jun 13, 2016
DEVELOPMENT, PILOT AND EVALUATION OF AN ELDER ABUSE NURSE EXAMINER CURRICULUM
Population-based studies indicate that an estimated 4-7% of Canadian older adults experience some serious form of elder abuse or maltreatment. Common scenarios of elder abuse are (1) acts of isolation and neglect by an adult child or caregiver, (2) physical or sexual assault by an intimate partner, adult child or caregiver, and (3) financial or material exploitation by a stranger, family member or professional. Abuse or neglect by a partner with advancing dementia, and/or systematic neglect by a long-term health care provider are also forms of elder abuse. In 2004 in Canada, the rate of family-related elder abuse against older women was 22% higher than the rate for older men, illustrating that elder abuse is a gendered problem. Furthermore, elder abuse has been shown to be associated with increased mortality and morbidity. Thus interventions designed to address this issue must be comprehensive and coordinated. This research team plans to advance a multi-phase multi-method program of research to develop, implement and evaluate an evidence-informed Nurse Examiner led hospital-based Elder Abuse Intervention. The program will be designed to recognize the needs of older women and other populations disproportionately affected by elder abuse, such as ethnic and racial minorities, and those with cognitive impairment, mental health issues and living in different settings including long-term care. The research team’s objectives will be to determine the importance of the recommendations for responding to elder abuse for implementation, and based on those findings to develop, pilot and evaluate an elder abuse curriculum associated training manual and protocol, i.e. forms and guidelines used in the delivery of clinical care.