Study: 1 in 5 nursing home residents involved in resident-resident abuse

A new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, “The Prevalence of Resident-to-Resident Elder Mistreatment in Nursing Homes” examined data from ten New York nursing homes to look at the incidence of resident-resident abuse. Researchers reviewed 2,011 residents in these facilities. The findings include:

  • 407 of 2,011 (20.2%) residents experienced at least one Resident-Resident event

Percentages of abuse by form:

  • Verbal 9.1%
  • Other (including invasion of privacy or menacing gestures) 5.3%
  • Physical 5.2%
  • Sexual 0.6%

Interestingly, a Weill Cornell study from late 2014 also used a sample of ten New York nursing homes, finding an incidence rate of nearly 20% of the sample involved in resident-resident conflicts. In that study, the most common form of abuse was also verbal abuse.

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