The underestimation of sexual risk due to ageism

Anne PF Wand and Carmelle Peisah
Med J Aust 2021; 214 (11): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.51108
Published online: 21 June 2021

To the Editor: Sexual incidents involving patients in hospitals are prevalent and are distressing for patients and staff alike, but they are poorly managed.1 Such incidents are frequently perpetrated by people with acute mental illness (eg, mania, psychosis), substance misuse, personality vulnerabilities, and cognitive impairment (eg, delirium, dementia). Sexual incidents span the age range, although lack of staff's understanding of sexuality and sexual behaviour in older adults2 mandates practice improvement.

  • Anne PF Wand1,2
  • Carmelle Peisah1,3

  • 1 University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
  • 2 University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW
  • 3 Australian Centre for Capacity, Ethics and the prevention of Exploitation of People with Disabilities, Capacity Australia, Sydney, NSW


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