Patient abuse

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This article incorporates "medical abuse", which has a similar meaning but relates more specifically to harmful medical treatment rather than care in general, and may include victims who did not choose to be patients.

Patient abuse or neglect is any action or failure to act which causes unreasonable suffering, misery or harm to the patient.[1]

  • Abuse includes physically striking or sexually assaulting a patient. It also includes the intentional withholding of necessary food, physical care, and medical attention.
  • Neglect includes the failure to properly attend to the needs and care of a patient, or the unintentional causing of injury to a patient, whether by act or omission.[2]

Patient abuse and neglect may occur in settings such as hospitals,[3] nursing homes,[4][5] clinics[6] and during home-based care.[7]

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  1. ^ "Patient Abuse". Stop Fraud Colorado. Colorado Attorney General's Office. Archived from the original on 26 October 2017. Retrieved 25 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Medicaid Fraud Definitions". Office of the Attorney General. State of Ohio. Retrieved 25 October 2017.
  3. ^ Slavin, Erik (16 January 2010). "Doctor faces court-martial in patient abuse case". Stars & Stripes. Retrieved 25 October 2017.
  4. ^ Larson, Aaron (12 July 2015). "Warning Signs for Abuse and Neglect in Nursing Homes and Long-Term Care Facilities". ExpertLaw. Retrieved 25 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Patient abuse – nurse struck off". BBC News. 30 April 2003. Retrieved 25 October 2017.
  6. ^ Krell, Alexis (9 October 2017). "Doctor charged with sex crimes at Bremerton clinic is at center of women's lawsuit". The News Tribune. Retrieved 25 October 2017.
  7. ^ Gorman, Anna (6 January 2015). "When Home Caregivers Kill the Elderly With Neglect". The Atlantic. Retrieved 25 October 2017.

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