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Journal of The Korean Society of Emergency Medicine 2016;27(4): 351-359.
응급실 의료인들의 노인학대에 대한 인식조사
성연우, 심민섭, 이태림, 황승연, 차원철, 윤희, 신태건, 조익준, 송근정, 이중의, 정연권
성균관대학교 의과대학 삼성서울병원 응급의학과
A Survey of Emergency Department Health Care Provider on Awareness of Elder Abuse
Yun Woo Seong, Min Seob Sim, Tae Rim Lee, Sung Yeon Hwang, Won Chul Cha, Hee Yoon, Tae Gun Shin, Ik Joon Jo, Keun Jeong Song, Joong Eui Rhee, Yeon Kwon Jeong
Department of Emergency Medicine, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
Correspondence  Min Seob Sim ,Tel: 02-3410-2053, Fax: 02-3410-0012, Email: minsub01.sim@samsung.com,
Received: May 13, 2016; Revised: May 16, 2016   Accepted: June 30, 2016.  Published online: August 31, 2016.
The population of senior citizens is rapidly growing in Korea, and this would inevitably result in the increase of elder abuse. This study was designed to survey healthcare providers in the emergency department, who may have a high probability of coming into contact with abused senior citizens, on the awareness of elder abuse, and to evaluate the level of legal knowledge and standard of education amongst these care providers.
This study was a descriptive, cross-sectional survey research and was made for doctors and nurses with at least a one-year experience working in an emergency department at a university hospital in Seoul. A total of 142 participants were included for analysis.
Approximately 69.7% (n=99) of participants were relatively well aware of the obligation to report an elder abuse case. However, only 17.6% (n=25) of participants were aware of the method to file a report. Moreover, only 8.0% (n=11) of participants knew the provisions on punishing for not reporting. Only 15% (n=22) of participants received proper education relating to elder abuse after getting hired. Participants who received the education after getting hired have a better knowledge about elder abuse than those who did not receive the education (p=0.001). Participants who watch press reports about elder abuse showed to have better legal knowledge than those who do not watch such reports (p=0.012).
With regard to participants’ level of awareness of the severity according to the type of abuse, physical abuse was seen as the most serious (4.22), followed by neglect (3.52), abandonment (3.18), emotional abuse (2.66), sexual abuse (2.61), and financial abuse (2.27).
Key words: Awareness, Education, Elder abuse, Emergency department
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