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Competencies needed by health professionals for addressing exposure to violence and abuse in patient care

June 18, 2011 Comments off

Competencies needed by health professionals for addressing exposure to violence and abuse in patient care (PDF)
Source: Academy on Violence and Abuse (via National Sexual Violence Resource Center)

The health impact of violence and abuse has been recognized as a significant public health problem since the mid 1980s, but that recognition has broadened in the past decade. Current and past exposure to violence and abuse significantly increases the risk of many physical and behavioral health problems including cardiovascular, immune and reproductive health disorders, depression, alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse, and injury. Physical and behavioral health professionals are in a unique position to offer their patients and clients help in the form of education, prevention, and intervention. The following core competencies have been developed to help ensure that all health care professionals have a solid understanding of the problem, and gain the skills and confidence they will need to work with patients, clients, colleagues and health care systems to combat the epidemic of violence and abuse.

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