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Chiropractic Research Review

Partner Abuse and the Chiropractic Responsibility

An overview of partner abuse is presented, including how a chiropractor can identify a victim of abuse, the intervention strategies that can be employed, and the legal responsibilities of the clinician.

Also discussed are the prevalence, common signs, and intervention strategies used by health professionals. Signs and symptoms of abuse may range from multiple bruises, abrasions, and fractures to subtle indicators such as myalgia, headaches, arthralgia, malaise, and so on. The patient interview and examination are essential in determining abuse as the causative factor, and both must be performed in a caring manner. Intervention should focus on the patients safety and documentation of the patients injury.

Talmage DM. Partner abuse: recognition and intervention strategies. Topics in Clinical Chiropractic, Sept. 1997;4(3), pp44-50. Reprints: (800) 638-8437

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