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Elder abuse 

Elder abuse
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Elder abuse
Author(s):

Margot Gosney

, Adam Harper

, and Simon Conroy

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199592340.003.0025
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date: 15 April 2021

Elder abuse 540

Professor Margot Gosney

This includes slapping, punching, kicking, or hitting any individual. These are clear to identify, mainly due to patterns of injury or injuries that appear inconsistent with the story given by the older individual or their carer. Also included within physical abuse is the force feeding of either food, medication, or other substances, as well as inappropriate restraint or sanctions. Inappropriate restraint may at times be difficult to determine, particularly when considering the role of bed rails or straps within a wheelchair. It must be quite clear when any form of restraint is undertaken that it is with the patient's consent or in the patient's best interests, not for the convenience of the carer....

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