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This training aid has been designed for professionals working in the social care and health sectors to improve identification of elder financial abuse as well as knowledge as to what sort of action to take where financial abuse is suspected. A randomised controlled trial conducted to measure the effectiveness of the training aid found that novices who received the incorporated training were able to make judgements more similarly to experienced professionals. You can find out more about how the training aid was developed and tested by visiting the Research Background section of the website.

What does the training aid involve?

To begin, you will be shown a series of case scenarios of potential financial abuse, and you will be asked to make certain judgements in each instance such as whether you think abuse is take place. You will then receive training materials which will teach you how experienced professionals identify and respond to suspected financial abuse. You will then have the chance to see if you can make judgements in a similar manner to the experienced professionals by making judgements about a final, smaller set of case scenarios.

After completing the training aid you will receive feedback about how your performance compared to the experienced professionals before and after receiving the training, and the impact that the training had on your decision making.

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Why is this training of potential value?

Training professionals who work in the social care and health sectors to be aware of issues surrounding the financial abuse of older service users and patients is important, to improve rates of detection of elder financial abuse as well as how quickly action is taken. It is important that professionals feel confident that they know what actions they can take if they have concerns relating to financial abuse.

You might want to listen to some of the podcast featuring experienced social care and health sectors professionals, which are available in the educational materials section of the website, to learn more about decision making in cases of elder financial abuse.

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How do I access the training aid?

Please click on the link below to access the training aid. https://cisbic.bioinformatics.ic.ac.uk/html_financial_decision_aid/page2.html