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J Clin Outcomes Manage 
2011 Jun;18(6):261-270
Screening tools for the identification of elder abuse
Cohen M

ABSTRACT: Objective: To review existing tools for screening for elder abuse. Methods: Search of international databases and a review of validated tools for identifying abuse and screening for abuse. Results: Elder abuse prevalence rates are underestimated in the literature, and many abuse victims fail to receive the professional help that could improve their quality of life. A number of structured and validated tools can be used to identify abuse victims. Three types of tools are discussed: direct questioning, inspecting for signs of abuse, and evaluating for risk factors for abuse. An integrative model that encompasses the 3 screening modes is described. Considerations regarding special populations and cultural aspects should be incorporated into the screening process. Conclusion: Brief screening tools have many advantages, but they also have weaknesses. Further research is needed to assess their validity, applicability, and accuracy for use in different settings and by different professionals.

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