Facilitators and Barriers to Screening and Management of Elder Abuse by Tribal Health Care Providers 

  • Jolie Crowder
  • Linda Carson
  • Kendra Kuehn
  • Dave Baldridge

International Association for Indigenous Aging

The International Association for Indigenous Aging conducted the first comprehensive, systematic, national needs assessment to date that included personal interviews (n=23) and an online survey (n=90) of tribal providers and participants from 22 states. The goal was to identify facilitators and barriers for screening and management of elder abuse by tribal health care providers working in the outpatient setting. Project findings regarding tribal provider experiences with elder abuse, mistreatment and financial exploitation in our full report are presented in conjunction with the words of our participants.

High level findings indicate that outpatient tribal health care provider participants are willing and ready to embrace screening for abuse among their older patients– 89% of survey respondents believe tribal health care providers should play a role in screening for elder abuse. These same providers indicate they are already required to intervene in clinical settings that more often than not lack proper protocols for managing cases of elder abuse, offer little training, and either lack information about available community services or supports or lack the actual community services and supports.


Facilitators and Barriers to Screening and Management of Elder Abuse by Tribal Health Care Providers Report Includes:

  • Full Report
  • Summary Report
  • Brief

Downloadable Resources

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Published on:
June 24, 2020
Resource Type:
Fact sheet, Report
Communities of Focus:
Boys and Men of Color, Girls and Women of Color, Intersectional, Older adults, Trauma
Intended Audience:
Advocates, Attorneys, Law Enforcement Officers, Other, Other First Responders, VOCA Administrators