The COA and the Centre for Evidence-based Orthopaedics (CEO) at McMaster University recognize that Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is a significant social determinant of morbidity and mortality, and that orthopaedic surgeons are well positioned to identify patients living with IPV and provide support resources. We recommend that all orthopaedic surgeons refresh their IPV knowledge by reviewing the 2017 IPV Position Statement and Best Practice Recommendations.
The CEO has developed a CIHR-funded course called EDUCATE, which introduces critical tools to help orthopaedic surgeons and health-care professionals in fracture clinics identify and assist IPV victims. It focuses on IPV knowledge and skill development delivered via an online video, three interactive online modules, and an in-person presentation that includes case studies and discussion.
The Montreal Gazette recently published an article about the EDUCATE program: http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/fight-against-domestic-violence-calls-on-orthopedic-clinics
Please visit the EDUCATE Program booth at the upcoming COA 2017 Annual Meeting in Ottawa to learn more about IPV and the EDUCATE program.