PANICOA stands for Prevention of Abuse and Neglect in the Institutional Care of Older Adults, which includes care homes and NHS settings.
It is a joint-funded research initiative between the Department of Health and Comic Relief which is designed to enhance the dignity of older people in institutional settings, following the 2005 national prevalence study of the abuse and neglect of older people living in the community – also joint-funded by the Department of Health and Comic Relief.
PANICOA was launched in 2008, with the recognition that older people in institutional care are also at risk of abuse and neglect.
The research is managed and overseen by a project team, and supported by an Advisory Group. Read more about the members and role of the respective groups.
This section contains details of each research study.