Elder Death Review Teams (EDRT)
Elder Death Review Teams (EDRT) focus on deaths of elders where suspicions about the role or abuse or neglect in the elders’ deaths exist. Teams may be convened by the Medical Examiner, Coroner, District Attorney, or another public entity. Some teams meet to determine the feasibility of prosecution. Others focus only on systemic issues raised by the cases. Team membership typically consists of public agencies involved in the investigation of elder abuse cases, and may also include geriatricians, psychologists, and forensic experts.
Additional EDRT Resources
- Elder Abuse Fatality Review Teams: A Replication Manual (PDF)
- ProPublica and PBS’ Frontline produced the following story on elder fatalities and the way they are typically handled by coroners: Gone Without a Case: Suspicious Elder Deaths Rarely Investigated (December 21, 2011).