Abuse of seniors under-reported, says study
Dec. 8, 2003 -- Because state laws vary, reporting of instances of "elder abuse" vary widely, says a new study from University of Iowa researchers.
According to the article, published in the Dec. 2003 issue of the American Journal of Public Health, there were
"Significantly higher investigation rates were found for states requiring mandatory reporting and tracking of numbers of reports," say the researchers.
The study examines abuse that occurs in private residences, not nursing homes, the study's author, lead investigator Dr. Gerald Jogerst told reporters. The Iowa research, he said, follows a 1996 report that found only one in five cases of elder abuse is reported and substantiated.
Abuse of individuals from those providing personal assistance is an ongoing concern to the disability rights movement. Abuse is chronically under-reported both for seniors and for non-elderly disabled people.
More about this study can be found online at the website of the American Journal of Public Health.
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