OPTOMETRIC TEACHING MODEL: CHILD ABOUSE AND ADULT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Title OPTOMETRIC TEACHING MODEL: CHILD ABOUSE AND ADULT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Author, Co-Author Ellen Ettinger
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Year
1992
Day
Monday
Program Number
Poster 61
Room
Great Hall
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Abstract Child abuse and adult domestic violence are widespread problems across this country. Health care professionals tend to treat symptoms (e.g., bruises, ecchymosis) rather than underlying causes (e.g. battering, abuse). Consequently, patients often return with repeated signs of abuse. A model to teach optometry students to identify the problem and design effective intervention plans will be presented. The model includes four parts: (1) Identification of Signs, (2) Strategies for Disclosure, (3) Validation and Support, and (4) Strategies for Intervention. Health care professionals often stop at the first step, above, feeling powerless to go any further. Optometric educators can improve the skills of our graduates in handling cases of abuse and violence by teaching students to develop their expertise across steps 2-4. Optometrists can serve a valuable function with effective strategies for these patients.
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