Psycho-emotional Consequences of Hospitalized Elder Abuse from Older Patients’ Perspective
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Student Research Committee, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, IRAN
Department of Nursing, Sirjan School of Medical Sciences, Sirjan, IRAN
Community Based Psychiatric Care Research Center, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, IRAN
Behavioral Sciences Research Center, Life Style Institute, Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, IRAN
Faculty of Nursing, Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, IRAN
Online publication date: 2020-02-15
Publication date: 2020-02-15
Electron J Gen Med 2020;17(2):em194
Introduction and Objective:
The present study aimed to identify and describe psycho-emotional consequences of hospitalized elder abuse from older patients’ views.

An inductive qualitative content analysis research was conducted at various wards of six educational hospitals affiliated to Shiraz University of Medical Sciences. A total of 16 elderly patients aged 60 years and older were selected using purposive sampling and data gathering was done using semi-structured, individual interviews. The data were analyzed using the qualitative content analysis method proposed by Elo and Kyngas (2008).

The Psycho-emotional consequences of hospitalized elder abuse were reflected in three main categories, namely feeling of insecurity, aggression, and learned helplessness.

Hospitalized elder abuse could be accompanied with immediate Psycho-emotional consequences, such as feeling of insecurity and aggression, as well as persistent and long-term consequences, such as helplessness. Thus, monitoring and training the healthcare staff and raising their awareness regarding consequences of hospitalized elder abuse are necessary to prevent this phenomenon.

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