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Question 11: is question was regarded as necessary in order to detect elder abuse.

  • e older people felt that the second part of

the question was needed in order to assess the degree of abuse.

Focus group discussion with medical doctors

A focus group discussion was held with 11 general practitioners (five male, six female). Participants ranged in age from 34 years to 65 years.

  • e five most important questions were

considered to be Questions 4, 5, 6, 8 and 11.

Question 4: is question was considered to be essential.

Question 5: is question was regarded important to determine whether there is physical abuse, as the question was direct and could elicit a direct response. However, it was felt that the question was very long and complex.

Question 8: is was considered to be a very good, relevant and simple question. However, the question could be shortened or rephrased. e second part was not required. Some examples (e.g. property, objects, money, possessions) should be included to help older people better under- stand the question.

Question 11: is was thought to be a direct question that was very easy to ask. All medical doctors found this question relevant and important in detecting elder abuse.



Workshop with nurses, assistant nurses and social workers

A workshop was conducted with ten nurses, assistant nurses and social workers (all female, age range 26–65 years) from different settings and services in Geneva.

  • e main purpose of the workshop lay in

eliciting the nurses and social workers’ perceptions and views on the applicability of the SWEF. ey also discussed the set of 12 questions and chose Questions 4, 5, 6, 8 and 11 as the most relevant.

Nurses, assistant nurses and social work- ers raised concerns on how to define elder abuse. e social workers felt uncertain about how to identify a suspect of elder abuse and how to confirm it.

  • e group was concerned about the level

of intervention: How much intervention is required, especially if the older person has a medical condition such as cognitive impairment or high care needs? It was also emphasized that older people with some disabilities should be included. e group stressed the need to adopt multidisci- plinary and multilevel assessment methods. Furthermore, it was mentioned that elder abuse and neglect should be viewed as dif- ferent categories, and each category should be accorded equal importance.

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