Developing a Research Agenda on Resident-to-Resident Aggression: Recommendations From a Consensus Conference

Lynn McDonald, Sander L. Hitzig, Karl Andrew Pillemer, Mark S. Lachs, Marie Beaulieu, Patricia Brownell, David Burnes, Eilon Caspi, Janice Du Mont, Robert Gadsby, Thomas Goergen, Gloria Gutman, Sandra P. Hirst, Carol Holmes, Shamal Khattak, Ariela Lowenstein, Raza M. Mirza, Susan McNeill, Aynsley Moorhouse, Elizabeth PodnieksRaeann Rideout, Annie Robitaille, Paula A. Rochon, Jarred Rosenberg, Christine Sheppard, Laura Tamblyn Watts, Cynthia Thomas

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This article provides an overview of the development of a research agenda on resident-to-resident aggression (RRA) in long-term care facilities by an expert panel of researchers and practitioners. A 1-day consensus-building workshop using a modified Delphi approach was held to gain consensus on nomenclature and an operational definition for RRA, to identify RRA research priorities, and to develop a roadmap for future research on these priorities. Among the six identified terms in the literature, RRA was selected. The top five priorities were: (a) developing/assessing RRA environmental interventions; (b) identification of the environmental factors triggering RRA; (c) incidence/prevalence of RRA; (d) developing/assessing staff RRA education interventions; and (e) identification of RRA perpetrator and victim characteristics. Given the significant harm RRA poses for long-term care residents, this meeting is an important milestone, as it is the first organized effort to mobilize knowledge on this under-studied topic at the research, clinical, and policy levels.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)146-167
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Elder Abuse and Neglect
Issue number2
StatePublished - 15 Mar 2015
Externally publishedYes

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  • aggression
  • assaultive behavior
  • consensus workshop
  • elder mistreatment research
  • long-term care
  • research–practice collaboration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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