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The role of the nurse in detecting elder abuse and neglect: current perspectives

Authors Phelan A

Received 29 April 2018

Accepted for publication 29 June 2018

Published 10 September 2018 Volume 2018:8 Pages 15—22

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/NRR.S148936

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Cindy Hudson


Amanda Phelan

School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

Abstract: As global populations age, it is imperative that nurses have a knowledge base on the topic of elder abuse. Elder abuse can occur in any environment, but is most prevalent in the community setting. Older people may experience either a single type of abuse or several forms of abuse concurrently. It is also important that abuse at an institutional and societal level is recognized and addressed. Nurses have a responsibility to identify when abuse may be perpetrated and to assess the context, ensuring appropriate responses are undertaken. A knowledge of barriers to disclosure is also essential, as well as ensuring that the voice of the older person is prioritized in case management. In doing so, nurses have the ability to both prevent and provide early intervention to safeguard older people.

Keywords: elder abuse, ageism, human rights, screening, nurse’s role

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