Nurses' perceptions of gross self-neglect amongst older people living in the community

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Abstract

Summary

Self-neglect in older people has an established medical literature but receives surprisingly little attention in the nursing literature.

Hospital and community nurses were interviewed using a semistructured questionnaire.

All the nurses were able to identify patients who had shown features of 'gross self-neglect'.

Poor nutrition was a prominent feature: links with the literature are explored.

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