Emergency health care personnel's knowledge and experience of elder abuse in Izmir

Mandiracioglu A. , GOVSA F., CELIKLI S., Yildirim G. Ö.

ARCHIVES OF GERONTOLOGY AND GERIATRICS, cilt.43, ss.267-276, 2006 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi)

  • Cilt numarası: 43 Konu: 2
  • Basım Tarihi: 2006
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1016/j.archger.2005.10.013
  • Sayfa Sayısı: ss.267-276


The aim of this study is to assess the knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs of emergency health care provider teams toward the identification and management of abused older people. This cross-sectional analytic study was conducted in four hospitals with emergency medical service. One hundred twenty five emergency room health care personnel in Izmir filled out a questionnaire. Of the respondents, 13.6% had never identified an abused older person. Health care personnel working at a university emergency department had a better knowledge base of elder abuse. Most of the participants felt uncomfortable in asking questions about older people abuse. A majority of them reported that it is difficult to properly intervene on the patient's behalf. Most of the participants perceived elder abuse to be uncommon in Turkey. Generally, older people abuse is unrecognized by health care providers; an extensive training and education effort needs to be developed and implemented. (c) 2005 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.