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J Elder Abuse Negl. 2007;19(1-2):47-60, table of contents.

Detection and prevalence of abuse of older males: perspectives from family practice.

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McGill University, Department of Family Medicine and St. Mary's Hospital, 3830 Lacombe Ave, Montreal, QC, Canada H3T 1M5.


Family doctors' frequent contact with seniors put them in reasonable positions to detect elder abuse and initiate referral to adult protective services. Since doctor reporting is low, however, this paper explores whether the gender of patient and/or doctor impacts on identification of elder mistreatment, or creates differential detection of one gender over the other. Use of the validated Elder Abuse Suspicion Index (EASI), and a structured social work evaluation, is described to provide some gender-based data from Canadian family practice. Specifically, while the prevalence of elder abuse is estimated to range from 12.0% to 13.3%, the specific prevalence was found for females to be 13.6% to 15.2% and for males 9.1% to 9.7%.

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