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Caring for Native American Elders: Phase III

Overview

Elder abuse is a hidden disparity among Native American communities and it serves as a nexus for other more obvious disparities. This project emerged from a community-based partnership with members of Native American community in the Northwest and two universities: the University of Iowa College of Nursing and Montana State University College of Nursing. Foundational data for this project were derived in Phases 1 and 2 of the initial project.

The goal of this project was to develop models for frail elders that may be adapted by other Tribal communities across the US. The purpose of this project was to assess the feasibility and suitability of implementing an intervention, the Family Care Conference (FCC), for Native Americans in the target community who were at risk for maltreatment. The specific aims were to: a) implement and evaluate a Community Education Elder Abuse initiative; b) determine the feasibility of recruiting and training indigenous natural helpers as Family Care Conference facilitators; and c) implement and evaluate a small scale FCC initiative prior to subsequent major implementation.

Process and outcome data were collected related to the three aims. Data sources included interviews (individual and group), observations (direct and participatory), structured instruments, and documents. Standard qualitative and quantitative data analyses were used.




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