Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
On-line version ISSN 1678-4561Print version ISSN 1413-8123
MINAYO, Maria Cecília de Souza; SOUZA, Edinilsa Ramos de and PAULA, Danúzia da Rocha de. Systematic review of the Brazilian academic production about external causes and violence against the elderly. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2010, vol.15, n.6, pp.2709-2718. ISSN 1678-4561. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232010000600010.
This article presents a review about violence against the elderly, covering the period of 2000 to 2009. The database used in this research was the collection of articles, books, book chapters, manuals and plans of action of the Virtual Library on Violence and Health. We analyzed 115 documents divided into the following categories: falls; external causes and violence in general; epidemiological and socio-epidemiological studies; prevention of violence; violence and accidents in the family; conceptual and methodological review; legal order and denunciation; violence from the elderly's point of view; health services, professionals and caretakers; and construction and validation of research instruments. The results show a relevant increase in production and methodological improvement in public health, social work, law, physiotherapy, nursing, psychology and otorhinolaryngology. However, there are issues that have not been sufficiently approached such as traffic accidents, homicides, suicides, drowning and suffocation.
Keywords : Elderly abuse; Violation of elderly rights; Prevention of violence; Support network for the elderly.