Elder Abuse

  • Richard J. Ham


Physicians and the society in which we live are used to the concept of child abuse and the need to maintain a high index of suspicion in circumstances of injury or neglect. Such suspicions must be balanced with a humane and compassionate view that ultimately seeks the best and safest situation for the child while taking due account of the rights and needs of parents and caregivers. Such parents usually need help, understanding, and respite; they can often continue, with support, in their parental roles. Despite considerable publicity at times about elder abuse and the known high involvement of community service agencies (mostly adult protective services)1 in cases of elder abuse, physician reporting of elder abuse remains disproportionately low.2


Child Abuse Family Physician Short Portable Mental Status Questionnaire Abusive Situation Adult Protective Service 


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