Investigation of Long-Term Care Deaths Within a Medical Examiner System

Academic Article


  • The fraction of older recipients of long-term care who are subject to some form of abuse or neglect is estimated at 10%, yet these deaths rarely undergo detailed forensic examination. Older adults with dementia are often unable to report abuse or neglect. Two retrospective surveys of medical examiner autopsy assessments show troubling deficiencies in the selection, assessment, and follow up for post-mortem evaluations of older recipients of long-term care performed by medical examiners. Improvements in training, communication, and death reporting could potentially enhance protections afforded by the medical-legal system.
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  • Davis GG; Carroll JL; Barber D; Powers RE
  • Start Page

  • 29
  • End Page

  • 32
  • Volume

  • 11
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  • 11