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April 26, 2013

According to JAMA Internal Medicine, a new study reveals that victims of elder and nursing home abuse are linked to overwhelming high hospitalization rates of older adults, and more prone to frequent hospital visits well after the abuse occurred.

The study was comprised of U.S. researchers, led by Dr. XinQi Dong of Rushmore University Medical Center, and Dr. Melissa Simon, of Northwestern University Medical Center, as part of the Chicago Health and Aging Project.

By utilizing social services reports along with reports from the U.S. Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, the studied determined that the hospitalization rate for elders who reported abuse were more than double of those who did not. Reported abuse ranged from physical, psychological, financial, and neglect.

According to Dr. Gisele Wolf-Klein, of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, psychological abuse and caregiver neglect were the most common forms of abuse that the hospitalized patients endured. Dr. Wolf-Klein also stated that this is a trend that seems to be increasing, despite efforts to raise public awareness:

“Today, approximately 10 percent of older adults are victims of abuse in the United States, and the trend is increasing,” Dr. Wolf-Klein said.

Keep in mind that if you or a loved one have been victim to assisted living abuse, an experienced attorney may be able to assist in recovering damages for pain and suffering, financial loss, medical bills, emotional trauma, and more. Our leading nursing home abuse attorneys in Texas at McIver Brown law firm have decades of experience, and have helped numerous clients go on to win maximum financial compensation. Give us a call today for a free consultation.

Source: http://news.health.com/2013/04/08/elder-abuse-tied-to-higher-hospitalization-rates/

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