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J Gerontol Nurs. 2011 Nov;37(11):19-23. doi: 10.3928/00989134-20111010-01. Epub 2011 Oct 19.

Clinical concepts. The nursing role in reporting elder abuse: specific examples and interventions.

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  • 1University of California Los Angeles, School of Nursing, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA.


Elder abuse is a serious national problem with potential for significant physical, emotional, and financial harm. In some situations, elder abuse may lead to death. Nurses are mandated reporters for suspected elder abuse to help prevent and curtail these serious outcomes and thus are responsible for recognizing the types of elder abuse and ways it can manifest. However, the variety of settings, perpetrators, and types of elder abuse may make it difficult for nurses to recognize when elder abuse is present and to understand the proper course of action. In addition, it is necessary for nurses to be aware that elder abuse is not just a public problem but can occur in clinical settings and everyday practice. The purpose of this article is to provide several brief clinical scenarios that exemplify specific aspects of potential elder abuse and to identify appropriate nursing interventions.

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