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  NCJ Number: NCJ 209248     Find in a Library
  Title: Elder Abuse in Nursing Homes: Prevention and Resolution Strategies and Barriers
  Author(s): Brian K. Payne ; Laura Burke Fletcher
  Journal: Journal of Criminal Justice  Volume:33  Issue:2  Dated:March/April 2005  Pages:119 to 125
  Date Published: 03/2005
  Page Count: 7
  Annotation: This study examined elder abuse prevention and response strategies within a sample of nursing homes.
  Abstract: While recent research has focused on the problem of elder abuse, most studies have focused on elderly populations living in community-based settings. Elder abuse occurring in nursing homes has received much less research attention. In the current study, researchers mailed a questionnaire to 400 nursing home directors in 4 States (Alabama, California, Colorado, and New York) in order to probe how cases of elder abuse are responded to and prevented in nursing home settings. Open-ended questions asked about obstacles confronted in the response to elder abuse, policies and programs used to increase the safety of residents, and opinions about the adequacy of the criminal justice response to elder abuse. Completed questionnaires were returned by 66 nursing home professionals; data were analyzed using standard rules of thematic content analysis. Routine activities theory was used as a guide for interpreting the results, which indicated that nursing home professionals regarded their responsibility of ensuring their client’s safety and reducing opportunities for offending very seriously. Many prevention strategies were enumerated, including abuse policies, education, community outreach, and building security. Recommendations are offered for further changes in responding to abuse cases, including the development of consistent guidelines on the response to and reporting of cases of patient abuse and empirical evaluation of prevention strategies. Finally, policymakers are encouraged to include nursing home administrators in the development of future policies regarding the prevention of elder abuse. References
  Main Term(s): Elder Abuse
  Index Term(s): Surveys ; Institutional elder abuse
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  Type: Report (Study/Research)
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
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