There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that intimate partner violence has profound effects on its victims. As physicians, we spend our lives learning how best to 'treat the patient' and not simply the disease.
After my involvement and training to be a champion for IPV at our site, it became clear to me that there was a significant portion of my patients that could benefit from my help in their struggle to identify, define, and deal with IPV. Offering our patients help with dealing with IPV is no different than routine screening for osteoporosis risk factors – it is simply the right thing to do for our patients.
The training to become a champion was not onerous at all, and it quickly provided me with the tools and confidence to identify and help patients who suffer from IPV. The whole experience with EDCUATE was both personally and professionally rewarding, and I would encourage anyone who has a chance to be involved to seize the opportunity – your patients and staff will thank you!
MD, MSc, FRCSC
The issue of Partner Violence, is an important issue facing all of us. Like many surgeons, I was unaware of how we could be point of initial contact with this issue for patients, and felt ill equipped to deal with the issue should it arise. EDUCATE is an incredibly important initiative to help alleviate these concerns and educate surgeons and staff on the scale of this patient safety problem.
Having implemented the EDUCATE program at my fracture clinic, our staff have become more familiar with signs and symptoms, and more aware of resources available. Perhaps most importantly patient information pamphlets generated for the fracture clinic have helped some patients get the help they need.
This is a large problem facing all fracture clinics everywhere. As surgeons we all need to be aware, and part of the solution.
MD, MSc, FRCSC
Being a champion for the Educate program has been very rewarding experience for me. In particular, teaching the residents in our training program about domestic violence and how they can make a huge difference in the lives of their patients by being prepared to recognize and address this issue has been especially fulfilling.
MD, MSc, FRCSC
Bringing the EDUCATE program to the fracture clinic has been a very rewarding experience that is well-worth the brief time commitment. This program has helped our team become much more comfortable asking patients about intimate partner violence and providing essential lines of communication with community and hospital services as well as immediate help if necessary. I strongly encourage all fracture clinics to partake in this program for the benefit of their patients.
The victims of Intimate Partner Violence are commonly seen in fracture clinics and fracture clinic care providers have a huge role to play in their management. A lack of education can lead to lost opportunities to make a difference. EDUCATE teaches essential clinical skills for any health care provider who sees patients in the fracture clinic. The comprehensive training for champions and the readily available program material make delivery easy and efficient for champions and all care providers in the fracture clinic. I have rarely seen an educational program that has the potential to make such a difference. I highly recommend that all fracture clinics find a way to participate in this program and I encourage my colleagues to become champions.
MD, PhD, FRCSC
The EDUCATE program has helped our team to better identify and address the needs of IPV victims in our fracture clinic. As a result, we have become better informed about the many local IPV resources and have comprehensive resource materials available for patients in our clinic. The feedback I have received from my colleagues who completed the program was overwhelmingly positive and I strongly encourage others to serve as Champions and bring the EDUCATE program to their fracture clinics.
Serving as Champion for the EDUCATE program was great experience. The program was enthusiastically received and the feedback provided to me by front line health care providers was overwhelmingly positive.