Recognizing Physical Abuse and Neglect in the Skilled Nursing Facility: The Physician's Responsibilities

      No one knows how many nursing home residents are abused and neglected every year. There are myriad reasons for this:
      • there are no standardized definitions of abuse;
      • nursing home and medical personnel are reluctant to report abuse;
      • health care professionals do not recognize abuse;
      • victims are unable or afraid to report the mistreatment;
      • families are unaware of reporting mechanisms;
      • each state has different reporting requirements.
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