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One in six elderly people is subjected to abuse, study finds

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j2927 (Published 16 June 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j2927
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. London

One in six older adults experiences some kind of abuse, a meta-analysis of elder abuse has found.1

Published in the Lancet Global Health, the study found that 141 million adults worldwide aged over 60 were subjected to psychological abuse (11.6%), financial abuse (6.8%), neglect (4.2%), physical abuse (2.6%), or sexual abuse (0.9%).

The meta-analysis of 52 publications from countries around the world, including Canada, Germany, India, Iran, and the UK, found considerable variation between countries. For example, 14% of …

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