Elder abuse prevalence in community settings: a systematic review and meta-analysis

by Yongjie Yon, Christopher R Mikton, Zachary D Gassoumis et al.
The Lancet Global Health, Vol. 5, No. 2, e147–e156, February 2017

10 pp. 817 kB

Elder abuse is recognised worldwide as a serious problem, yet quantitative syntheses of prevalence studies are rare. The authors aimed to quantify and understand prevalence variation at the global and regional levels. They conclude that although robust prevalence studies are sparse in low-income and middle-income countries, elder abuse seems to affect one in six older adults worldwide, which is roughly 141 million people. Nonetheless, elder abuse is a neglected global public health priority, especially compared with other types of violence.

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