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Older people identified by social services to be at risk of abuse have higher rates of hospitalisation
  1. Amanda Phelan
  1. School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
  1. Correspondence to: Dr Amanda Phelan, School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems, University College Dublin, Dublin D4, Ireland; Amanda.phelan{at}

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Implications for practice and research

  • Community dwelling older people who experience abuse are at a greater risk of hospitalisation, even after adjusting for potential confounders.

  • Nurses can proactively work in screening, prevention of and intervention in elder abuse and also to reduce hospitalisation episodes for older people experiencing abuse.

  • Further research should focus on replicating the analysis in similar data sets in other jurisdictions and evaluating the impact of prevention and early intervention strategies in vulnerable populations of older people related to hospitalisation rates.


Elder abuse is a major challenge in contemporary societies. Community based studies indicate a prevalence range between 2% and 18.4% in older people with mental capacity.1–3 This …

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