University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM) Reynolds Interprofessional Geriatric Education and Training in Texas (IGET-IT)
Although estimates vary, it is generally believed that 11% of the elderly are abused. According to the National Incidence Study on Elder Abuse, approximately 450,000 elderly experienced abuse each year. If self-neglect is included, the number increases to 551,000. Elder mistreatment is too large of a problem for any one person or one discipline to resolve. Incorporating the expertise of all the members of the interprofessional healthcare team is critical to determine the facts in the situation and the motives of the people involved. Healthcare providers can only see what is presented in the clinical setting. There is so much of the story that may not be manifested in a routine exam and encounter. Having all team members knowledgeable about the sometimes subtle signs of elder mistreatment is helpful for eliciting information and devising a holistic intervention plan.
The University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTSHC) Reynolds Interprofessional Geriatric Education and Training in Texas (IGET-IT) Program has developed an Elder Mistreatment module as part of the Interprofessional Communication Improvement Modules (ICIM) Elder Safety series. The ICIM Elder Safety modules were created in collaboration with the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME) and are supported, in part, by a grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. The goal of the Elder Safety ICIMs is to provide innovative and sustainable programs to improve the ability of physicians to work with other health disciplines in teams to provide better care for geriatric patients. The care of older adults can be very complex and studies have shown that a team approach can be most effective in leading to quality outcomes.
Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:
- Define “elder mistreatment”
- Describe the prevalence of elder mistreatment in the US
- Define the multiple forms of elder mistreatment
- Identify risk factors for elder mistreatment
- List indicators of elder mistreatment
- Prioritize the steps of elder mistreatment assessment
- Determine the approach for including an elder mistreatment assessment in an IP team model of geriatric assessment