In light of last week’s post on my observations from court and the recent activity on a couple of the listservs to which I belong, I thought I would expand a bit on the issue of making changes to your practice. I find that people float a lot of ideas out there and some folks are awfully quick to up and make changes based on what they read without necessarily having much evidence to do so (especially when it’s a bright and shiny new toy or a well-known name attached to a particular idea). But the thing is, when you are trying to provide the best possible care to patients AND you will need to be able to explain and defend the clinical decisions you make with those patients in court from time to time, there needs to be actual evidence to support changes you ultimately make to your practice.
March 5, 2014 | Leave a Comment
The National Alliance to End Domestic Violence is hosting a webinar March 13th–Part of the Family: Animal Abuse and Family Violence. The session will be held from 12-1:30pm ET; Lesley Ashworth and Allie Phillips will be the featured speakers (read their bios here). Note: this one isn’t free: $25 for registration. However, I will say that this is content I include in IPV curriculum; you cannot do effective safety and discharge planning with IPV patients if you are unable to address the safety of people’s pets, which are often a contributing (and sometimes the sole) reasons for victims remaining in abusive relationships. It might be worth shelling out the relatively small amount for this one if you haven’t had this content before.
This month’s pediatric offering from Tribal Forensic Health is on child sexual exploitation. The session will be held March 12th from 3-4:30pm ET, and as with all webinars in this project, CEUs and CMEs are available. The inimitable Dr. Sharon Cooper will be presenting, so it should be a great talk. No description for the session is currently available.
What can I say about this weekend, except it ended with a return of the Polar Vortex. Clearly I’ve gotten soft living south of the Mason-Dixon line for more than 3 years now. My week is completely dominated by the Army and some sustainability work, but I had plenty of down time this weekend (forced–it’s sad but I could have worked all weekend what with the spouse on Reserve duty), so here’s what I’ve been reading since last we spoke:
February 28, 2014 | Leave a Comment
We’ve been talking this week about testimony and about research, so let’s end the week with the interface of the two. Our selection for this week’s Full-Text Friday is an oldy, and perhaps not really that much of a goody. The reason I include it then? Because it exists in the peer-reviewed literature, and as such, means that it cannot be ignored, even if it’s not particularly great science, and even if the results don’t appear to have been reproduced anywhere else. Click through for all of the details.
Just released is the CDC’s report Intimate Partner Violence in the United States 2010. You can read the full report, along with an executive summary and FAQs here. It’s by far a more in-depth look at the issue than what we’ve seen published by DOJ, and includes implications for prevention, as well as a look at the intersections of IPV, sexual violence and stalking. Healthcare providers, pay close attention to Chapter 7: Services and Disclosure Related to Intimate Partner Violence Victimization. Excellent information there for funding proposals and arguments for service expansion.
I spent a lot of time in trial in 2013. Probably more than any other year, in fact. In doing so, there are some issues I have noticed that come up repeatedly. I figured I’d share some of those today, particularly because it’s one of those things I’m asked to discuss pretty frequently when talking with medical folks about testimony. So for your reading pleasure, a new 10 Things list: Observations from Court:
Time once again for Articles of Note, a look at some of the newest literature published in the peer-reviewed journals with the last 30(ish) days. There’s a lot to look at this month, although most of it requires a subscription or library access, sadly. It’s a pretty diverse lot this month, so you’ll want to wade through the list and see what catches your eye.
It was a pretty glorious weekend in DC, so much of my time was spent outside and unplugged. But my Twitter feed was exploding once I finally logged back on–here’s what’s caught my eye since last we spoke:
This week’s article focuses on the critical issue of false reports and unfounded cases of sexual assaults. Work with sexual assault patients for any period of time and you’re bound to hear wildly over-reaching statistics about the rate of false reports, which the science continues to show is untrue. I encourage you to share this week’s selection with your multidisciplinary response teams–it’s a great article for a wider discussion. Click through for all of the details.