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Research Protocol for Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Elder Abuse Prevalence Studies

Yon, Yongjie; Gassoumis, Zachary D.; Wilber, Kathleen H.; Mikton, Christopher

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Yongjie Yon

Zachary D. Gassoumis

Kathleen H. Wilber


© 2017 Canadian Association on Gerontology. Elder abuse is an important public health and human rights issue, yet its true extent is not well understood. To address this, we will conduct a systematic review and meta-analysis of elder abuse prevalence studies from around the world. This protocol describes the methodological approach to be adopted for conducting this systematic review and meta-analysis. In particular, the protocol describes the search strategies and eligibility criteria to be used to identify and select studies and how data from the selected studies will be extracted for analysis. The protocol also describes the analytical approach that will be used to calculate pooled prevalence estimates and discusses the use of meta-regression to assess how studies' characteristics influence the prevalence estimates. This protocol conforms to the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic reviews and Meta-Analysis - or PRISMA - guidelines and has been registered with the PROSPERO International Prospective Register of systematic reviews.

Journal Article Type Review
Acceptance Date Jul 8, 2016
Online Publication Date Apr 12, 2017
Publication Date Jun 1, 2017
Deposit Date Oct 11, 2016
Publicly Available Date Oct 11, 2016
Journal Canadian Journal on Aging
Print ISSN 0714-9808
Electronic ISSN 1710-1107
Publisher Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 36
Issue 2
Pages 256-265
Keywords research protocols, elder abuse, elder mistreatment, prevalence, systematic review, meta-analysis
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Additional Information Additional Information : This article has been accepted for publication and will be published in a revised form in Canadian Journal on Aging / La Revue canadienne du vieillissement ( This version is free to view and download for private research and study only. Not for re-distribution, re-sale or use in derivative works. © Cambridge University Press
Contract Date Oct 11, 2016


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