In 2006, as part of the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006, Congress directed the Secretary of HHS to conduct a study, in consultation with the Attorney General, assessing current elder abuse data collection systems and examining the feasibility of establishing a uniform national elder abuse database to improve the quality and accessibility of data (P.L. 109-432).
The study identified current administrative data sources, definitions and laws on elder abuse and for other violence fields including child abuse and intimate partner violence. The study also identified considerations for the development of a national uniform data collection on elder abuse. These considerations included the purposes of the data collection effort, technical issues, definitions, mandatory/voluntary reporting, and populations to include. Considerations also included funding, elements to include, use of aggregated or case-level data, confidentiality, data systems and coding.
Report Title: Congressional Report on the Feasibility of Establishing a Uniform National Database on Elder Abuse http://aspe.hhs.gov/daltcp/reports/2010/elderCR.htm
Agency Sponsor: OASPE-ODALTCP, Office of Disability, Aging, and Long-Term Care Policy
Federal Contact: Gavin Kennedy, 202-690-6443
Performer: HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Lewin Group
Record ID: 9344 (Report issued June 28, 2010)