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This manual was designed to assist physicians, nurses, and medical office managers become aware on means to incorporate screening processes in regard to elder abuse. The United States Senate Special Committee on Aging has reported that as many as five million elderly persons are abuses each year in the United States. By implementing proper screening procedures, disclosure will be made easier, thus protecting patients from harm. The screening procedure involves evaluating for mistreatment among patients 60 years or older, at least once per year. The protocol has been tested in 16 healthcare facilities with a total of 2,082 patients being screened. Of these screened individuals, four to seven percent reported a risk of abuse. Along with implementation, this manual makes recommendations on what to do if there is a risk of abuse, such as formal referrals to AAA.
University of Maine Center on Aging, "Elder Abuse Screening Protocol for Physicians: Lessons Learned from the Maine Partners for Elder Protection Pilot Project" (2007). Maine Center on Aging Research and Evaluation. 20.
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