Elder abuse and hospitalization in rural Malaysia

Firdaus, Muhammad Abbas M. and Mohd Yunus, Raudah and Hairi, Noran Naqiah and Choo, Wan Yuen and Mohd Hairi, Farizah and Suddin, Leny Suzana and Sooryanarayana, Rajini and Ismail, Norliana and Peramalah, Devi and Ali, Zainudin M. and Ahmad, Sharifah N. and Razak, Inayah A. and Othman, Sajaratulnisah and Bulgiba, Awang (2022) Elder abuse and hospitalization in rural Malaysia. PLoS ONE, 17 (6). ISSN 1932-6203, DOI https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.027016.

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Our study aims to describe and determine factors associated with hospitalization among victims of elder abuse and neglect (EAN) in rural Malaysia. A cross sectional study based on the baseline data of the Malaysian Elder Mistreatment Project (MAESTRO) collected from November 2013 until July 2014 involving 1927 older adults in Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan was conducted. EAN was determined using the modified Conflict Tactics Scale (CTS) and hospitalization rates were determined based on self-report. The prevalence of overall EAN was 8.1% (95%CI6.9-9.3). Among male respondents, 9.5% revealed history of abuse and among female respondents, 7.2% reported experiencing EAN. The annual hospitalization rates per 100 persons within the past one year among EAN victims and non-victims were 18 per 100 persons (SD = 46.1) and 15 per 100 persons (SD = 64.1) respectively. Among respondents with history of EAN, 16.0% (n = 21) had been hospitalized in the past 12 months while among respondents with no EAN experience, 10.2% (n = 153) were hospitalized. Multivariable analyses using Poisson regression did not show any significant association between EAN and hospitalization. This could be due to the complex interactions between medical and social circumstances that play a role in hospital admissions, factors affecting the health care system, and access to health care among EAN victims.

Item Type: Article
Funders: Prevent Elder Financial Exploitation 2.0 (PEACE 2.0), GA023-2021, Geran Penyelidikan Dana UiTM Cawangan Selangor (DUCS 4.0), 600UiTMSEL (PI 5/4) (020/2022)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Health-services; Older-adults;prevalence; Neglect; Association; Population; Mortality; Violence; Victims; Women
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine > Social & Preventive Medicine
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2023 08:09
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2023 08:09
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/40441

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