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Revista Cubana de Medicina General Integral

Print version ISSN 0864-2125On-line version ISSN 1561-3038


CAMPILLO MOTILVA, Rita. Violencia con el anciano. Rev Cubana Med Gen Integr [online]. 2002, vol.18, n.4, pp.293-295. ISSN 0864-2125.

Domestic violence is as old as humanity itself. Child, women and elderly abuse are mainly recognized. The elderly group is increasing due to the higher life expectancy experimented during the last years. As a result, the number of battered elderly will grow and the impact of this abuse on health should be adequately considered. The range of abuse is very wide and it includes physical, emotional, financial and sexual abuse, negligence, rejection to give assistance and others. The elderly with cognitive deterioration are the most vulnerable. The physician at the primary health care level is an important milestone in the prevention and education of this problem.

Keywords : DOMESTIC VIOLENCE [prevention & control]; ELDER ABUSE [prevention & control]; PRIMARY HEALTH CARE.

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