FIGURE 6-1 Diagnostic and treatment guidelines on elder abuse and neglect, Part I.

SOURCE: American Medical Association (1992:13).

Thus, research is needed to improve detection methods for elder mistreatment, particularly those that could lead to improved case management. The benefits of careful case finding go beyond protecting the victim. Accurate case identification can lead to rational resource allocation, creation and funding of specialized services, and improved professional and public education. Improving accuracy in case designation also has important



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