There are strong associations between elder abuse and ill-health, but the abuse is often unknown to care givers. Using a screening instrument as a tool to identify abused elders has been suggested, but validated instruments in Swedish are lacking. '
Also, little is known about the experience of elder abuse and what kind of interventions elders themselves want. The long term goal of this project is to prevent psychological ill-health among elders and promote a healthy, active ageing by improving the identification of abused elders and the response given to them within the health care system.
- Study I: Investigate staff preparedness to handle elder abuse
- Study II: Validate a screening instrument for elder abuse.
- Study III: Explore victims’ experiences of elder abuse.
- Study IV: Explore preferred intervention for elder abuse among victims. Data collection will take place during spring 2018. In study I staff will answer a questionnaire (n=180).
In study II a screening instrument will be tested among Swedish speaking patients, age 65 years and older who are cognitively and physically well enough to participate (n=300).
Men and Women who have been subjected to elder abuse will be interviewed in study III-IV.
This study is funded by the Swedish Crime Victim Compensation and Support Authority and Region Östergötland.
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