To determine the perceived magnitude of elder mistreatment, physician awareness of applicable state laws, and the barriers to reporting suspected cases, we surveyed a random sample of 3,000 members of the American College of Emergency Physicians in the United States.
Survey questions included practice characteristics, number and type of suspected cases of elder mistreatment seen in the ED, number of cases actually reported, and reasons for not reporting abuse.
Physicians were also asked about the availability of elder-mistreatment protocols and their familiarity with local laws and reporting requirements.
We received 705 completed surveys, for a response rate of 24%. Most physicians (52%) described elder mistreatment as prevalent but less so than spouse or child abuse.
The respondents had evaluated a mean of 4±8 (range, 0 to 93) suspected cases of elder mistreatment in the preceding 12 months ; approximately 50% were reported.
Only 31% of emergency physicians reported having a written protocol for the reporting of elder mistreatment, and physicians were generally not familiar with applicable state laws.
Twenty-five percent were able to recall educational content pertaining to elder mistreatment during their emergency medicine residencies. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Vieillard, Homme, Médecin, Enquête utilité publique, Urgence, Service hospitalier, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Maltraitance
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Elderly, Human, Physician, Inquiry for public prosals, Emergency, Hospital ward, United States, North America, America
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0515541
Code Inist : 002B30A03B. Création : 13/02/1998.