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Articles of Note: September 2020 Edition

It’s time once again for Articles of Note, our monthly romp through the newly published peer-reviewed literature. As always, there’s plenty this month, particularly on campus sexual assault–fitting as I type this from the campus of Michigan State University, where I am finishing up an almost 2-year project. I hope folx will spend some time working through (at least some of) the research because I need to get real here–I’m 26 years in this field now, and I am having some of the same conversations today I was having 20 years ago–namely, reading science is part of the job of a forensic clinician. If you are a program manager, hi–allow time for reading–and analyzing science–for your team. I am handing you a monthly menu to make it easy (and if you don’t like mine, there are plenty of others–just sign up for Online First Alerts from journals like Violence Against Women, for instance, or peruse the Journal of Forensic Nursing table of contents every quarter and pick something that looks relevant). Level up your testimony, people. Make sure there’s science to support those opinions. Understand the evidence base behind the work we do. Analyze the clinical decisions we make to ensure they’re (still) appropriate. That happens through reading. Level. Up.

Links mainly go to PubMed abstracts, except where noted. If you’re having trouble finding articles let me know–we have access to full-text through a couple of different avenues for those of you who aren’t blessed with hospital librarians or university medical libraries. Something new this month: for the first time, I have included a single download link (for those of you who like to print it off), instead of the usual embedded doc. I have heard from a lot of you that the embedded doc is sluggish, so let’s try this and you can let me know if this works better [BTW: if you’re getting this update in your email, you may need to go to the website to access the download link–I’m not certain it will come through in the condensed email].

As always, thanks for reading, thanks for striving to do better by our patients. I hope some of you will be joining me virtually for my sessions at this year’s Virtual IAFN conference. You’ll note some familiar themes in my sessions 🙂

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