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Intimate Partner Violence Position Statement and Best Practice Recommendations – Updated in 2017 PDF Print E-mail

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 have a shared goal of raising awareness and providing educational tools to orthopaedic surgeons. 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. EDUCATE has been implemented at six fracture clinics and is being qualitatively and quantitatively evaluated. The findings will be released at the COA 2018 Annual Meeting, and used to refine the EDUCATE program prior to widespread use. The finalized program will be disseminated to the orthopaedic community through a joint collaboration of the COA and the CEO.

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. If you are interested in becoming a local champion/site lead for the EDUCATE program, please contact Trinity Wittman at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .