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Medical News and Perspectives
November 13, 2002

Elder Abuse and Neglect a New Research Topic

JAMA. 2002;288(18):2254-2256. doi:10.1001/jama.288.18.2254

When Sidney Stahl, PhD, sat down to examine priorities for the National Institute on Aging's (NIA) first major initiative to fund research on elder abuse and neglect, his work seemed finished before it had begun. "I started scrounging the literature for data, and after a day I was done," recalls Stahl, the NIA's chief of behavioral medicine . "It was tragic. Much of the information that exists in the literature is anecdotal, as opposed to scientific. I was having trouble making decisions about where to go with this research."

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