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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 81-85

Geriatric forensics: A dentist's perspective and contribution to identify existence of elder abuse among his patients

1 Department of Prosthodontics, Subharti Dental College, Subharti University, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, Subharti Medical College and Hospital, Subharti University, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Khurshid A Mattoo
Room No 218, Department of Prosthodontics, Subharti Dental College and Hospital, Delhi - Haridwar By - Pass Road, Meerut - Uttar Pradesh
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DOI: 10.4103/0975-1475.81287

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Aims and Objectives: To identify existence of elder abuse among the patients seeking prosthetic rehabilitation of missing teeth. Materials and Methods: This study was conducted on 300 patients aged 65 years and above. It included 238 males and 62 females. A questionnaire prepared by a psychologist was used to evaluate the patient in various aspects of neglect. Results: The results revealed that 40% of the total subjects that were studied were suffering from neglect in one way or the other. Conclusion: The results conclude that elder negligence was highly prevalent in elder patients who report to the dental office seeking oral prosthetic rehabilitation.

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