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.
A GLOBAL RESPONSE TO ELDER ABUSE AND NEGLECT
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.