The Abuse, Neglect and Mistreatment of Older People in Care Homes and Hospitals in England: Observations on the Potential for Secondary Data Analysis

Jill Manthorpe, Martin Stevens, Shereen Hussein, Hazel Heath, Nat Lievesley

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Abstract

This study has investigated what sources of data exist on the subject of elder abuse in care home and hospital settings in England. It was commissioned by the Department of Health and Comic Relief. We used a broad definition of elder abuse to cover mistreatment, neglect and abuse. Some of these subjects are criminal offences; others are contrary to professional codes, service standards or breaches of human rights. Defining elder abuse is not easy, as the recent study of definitions produced for this programme of research confirms (Dixon et al 2009). The main part of this study involved ‘desk research’ – an exploration of what data is collected, why, by whom and about what. In addition, a set of interviews was undertaken with people who collect and analyse information on this subject and those who make use of such information to uphold older people’s rights.
This report brings together this information to:
 identify the different ways in which data on abuse of older people in hospital and care home settings are collected and collated;
 highlight areas where we can have confidence in the reliability of information;
 identify gaps in the information sources; and
 make recommendations to policy makers.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherKing's College, London
Commissioning bodyDHSC Department of Health and Social Care
Number of pages75
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jan 2011

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