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  1. Johnson, Yvonne O'Connell PhD, RN


Self-neglect is characterized by poor hygiene, unsanitary living conditions, and inattention to basic and healthcare needs. Adequate education for healthcare professionals is vital to help them recognize the phenomenon of self-neglect. Interventions to assist clients who self-neglect may help to improve their quality of life and reduce their risk of declining health status. This article provides information on what is known about the scope and prevalence of self-neglect, implications for home care clinicians, and suggestions for promoting educational opportunities for home care clinicians.