Ageing and life-course

Missing voices: views of older persons on elder abuse

A study from eight countries: Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Canada, India, Kenya, Lebanon and Sweden

Publication details:

Authors: WHO
Publication date: 2002
Languages: English
Number of pages: 32
WHO document number: WHO/NMH/VIP/02.1



The study's main approach involved the conduct of focus groups with older persons in the community, and with primary health care workers, in order to establish components of elder abuse as identified by older people themselves and by those forming the primary health care teams. A focus on primary health care was chosen as it is within this context that elder abuse can first be identified - or overlooked altogether.

This report presents the design and findings of the study, and the conclusions of a meeting aimed at identifying the indications for policy, research and action emerging from these study findings. Reports from each country prepared by the national teams were reviewed and analysed.