Screening for Elder Mistreatment in a Dental Clinic Population

Stefanie L. Russell, Terry Fulmer, Geetika Singh, Michael Valenti, Roja Vermula, Shiela M. Strauss

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The purpose of this study was to establish the feasibility and utility of screening for elder mistreatment in a dental clinic population. We approached older adults in a busy dental clinic and enrolled 139 persons over the age of 65 who completed an Audio Computer Assisted Self Interview (ACASI), which included the Hwalek-Sengstock Elder Abuse Screening Test (HS-EAST). Overall, 48.4% of the participants scored 3 or greater on the HS-EAST, and 28.3% scored 4 or greater. Our study suggests that there is an opportunity to screen in busy dental clinics and to facilitate early detection for those patients who screen positive for elder mistreatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)326-339
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Elder Abuse and Neglect
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2012


  • dental clinics
  • elder mistreatment
  • screening

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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