Saturday, February 16, 2002
Interview: Talk to the patient outside the presence of others, using a direct gentle inquiry. Ask the question "Did someone hurt you?" Few patients will disclose a history of family violence without direct inquiry.
Document findings: Document the history, using the patients own words in quotes. Use a body map or photographs taken of injuries.
Evaluate for safety: At a minimum, ask victims/patients if they think it is safe to return home.
Refer/Report: If possible, refer to persons/agencies specifically trained in abuse counseling. Disclosure of the diagnosis of abuse in a competent adult to any third party should not be done without the patient's knowledge and consent.
Bottom line: Follow individual state statute. Check the AAOS website at www.aaos.org for reporting details per state.
|2002 Academy News February 16 Index A|
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