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Int J Legal Med. 2019 Jan;133(1):317-322. doi: 10.1007/s00414-018-1880-y. Epub 2018 Jun 27.

European council of legal medicine (ECLM) guidelines for the examination of suspected elder abuse.

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1
Department of Forensic and Insurance Medicine, Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary. keller.eva@med.semmelweis-univ.hu.
2
Faculty of Medicine, University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal.
3
National Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences, Coimbra, Portugal.
4
School of Medicine, Forensic and Legal Medicine, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland.
5
Office of the Coroner, Naas, County Kildare, Ireland.
6
Forensic Medicine, University of Tartu, Ravila 19, Tartu, Estonia.
7
Estonian Forensic Science Institute, Tervise 30, Tallinn, Estonia.
8
Legal Medicine and Forensic Toxicology, University of Padova, Padua, Italy.
9
International Academy of Legal Medicine, Padua, Italy.
10
France Institut National de la Transfusion Sanguine, France Institut Médico-Légal, Université Paris-Descartes, Paris, France.
11
University Center of Legal Medicine, Geneva-Lausanne, Site of Lausanne, Ch de la Vulliette 4, 1000, Lausanne, Switzerland.
12
Forensic Healthcare Services Ltd, Southminster, CM0 7DT, UK.
13
Faculty of Medicine, Department of Forensic Medicine, Ethics and Medical Law, University of Coimbra, Rua Larga, 3000-504, Coimbra, Portugal.

Abstract

Article 25 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (adopted in Nice on 7 December 2000) recognizes and respects the rights of older people to lead a life of dignity and independence and to participate in social and cultural life. It also highlights the importance of prevention and recognition of elder abuse, especially since exposure to violence is likely as the population ages, either in familial or in institutional settings. Elder abuse has some issues in common with child abuse but in spite of this fact currently is less recognized. Health professionals have a major role to play in early detection and management of cases of elder abuse. This protocol summarizes some key concepts and approaches to assist in the timely detection and investigation of elder abuse cases by healthcare professionals and forensic practitioners.

KEYWORDS:

Elder abuse; European council of legal medicine; Forensic medical report

PMID:
29951880
DOI:
10.1007/s00414-018-1880-y
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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