Victims of intimate partner violence (IPV) account for a significant number of patients—women and men—who use health care services, and the nature of IPV injuries will often necessitate physical therapy and rehabilitation. The rapport that a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant develops with a patient may facilitate the revelation of abuse by that patient—it could even save a life. APTA's guidance, updated this year, give a needed background on the issue and the role that physical therapists have in identifying, treating, and advocating for those who are abused by a current or former intimate partner.
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After completing this course you will be able to:
- Identify populations at risk for intimate partner violence (IPV).
- Recognize the signs of IPV as well as its physical and emotional effects.
- Use a variety of questioning skills based on the patients' response, background, culture, and behaviors.
- Create proper documentation, including treatment records, body maps, photographs, and release of medical records.
- Describe the legality and implications for policy and practice.
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