Training in elder abuse: the experience of higher specialist trainees in Geriatric Medicine in the UK

Alexander M Thomson, Jessica R Beavan, Radcliffe Lisk, Lucy C McCracken, Phyo K Myint

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Little is known about elder abuse training in post-graduate medical education in the United Kingdom. A questionnaire survey was conducted among Specialist Registrars (SpRs) in Geriatric Medicine attending a single training day within five UK Post-graduate Deaneries to assess self-report experience of elder abuse training during their post-graduate medical education. The questionnaire included quantity, quality and self-report confidence in dealing with elder abuse issues. A total of 112 questionnaires were returned (response rate 100%, representing 78.9% of eligible trainees within these five deaneries). The majority of the participants rated low scores for both quantity and quality of training they received. This finding was consistent across all 5 years of training with no significant difference in rating scores in more experienced (years 3-5) SpRs. The majority (62.5%) of final year SpRs reported feeling inadequately prepared to deal with cases of elder abuse. The results of our survey suggest that the provision and quality of training regarding elder abuse is poor for trainees in Geriatric Medicine. The majority of SpRs approaching the completion of their training felt ill-prepared in managing such cases. Our study highlights the requirement of structured approach in elder abuse training for trainees in Geriatric Medicine.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)257-259
Number of pages3
JournalArchives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
Issue number3
Early online date14 Dec 2009
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2010


  • Aged
  • Education, Medical, Continuing
  • Elder Abuse
  • Geriatrics
  • Great Britain
  • Humans
  • Medicine
  • Surveys and Questionnaires


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