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Elder Abuse Screening Tools for Healthcare Professionals
A number of instruments and protocols for elder abuse screening have been developed. Most have been created for use in hospitals, clinics, or home care. Although all share similar content and are directed toward assisting with the identification of various forms of elder mistreatment, there are key differences in the focus, format, structure, and type of data gathered by each instrument or protocol (Fulmer et al., 2004). Doctors have been ascribed a key role in elder abuse identification and in awareness promotion because they see their elderly patients, on average, five times per year (Yaffee, 2008). The American Medical Association recommends that all geriatric patients receive elder abuse screening (Burnett et al., 2014) and multiple researchers have recommended screening as a way to help prevent and detect elder abuse. However in 2013, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force concluded that current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of the benefits and harms of screening all elderly or vulnerable adults for abuse and neglect (U.S. Preventive Task Force, 2013). Additionally, a universal screening tool does not exist without challenges for screening.
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