MacOrtho is pleased to announce that Dr. Bhandari has been featured in The Spec Newspaper for his groundbreaking research on Intimate Partner Violence.
A McMaster researcher who led an international study that was a game-changer for orthopedic surgeons treating women with broken bones from domestic violence is hoping to see it expanded.
The study found one in six women visiting a fracture clinic had been a victim of domestic violence in the past year and one in 50 was there as a direct result. This makes the clinics an ideal place to identify the violence and provide referrals to support programs and resources.
A followup study is being proposed with a focus on the risk factors of domestic abuse and on what happens after a woman discloses the violence to an orthopedic surgeon.
Dr. Mohit Bhandari, a Hamilton Health Sciences orthopedic surgeon and McMaster University professor, is co-leading the research. Ten years ago, the surgeons believed their only role was to just fix the bones, he says. The first study, called Prevalence of Abuse and Intimate Partner Violence Surgical Evaluation (PRAISE), dramatically changed that perspective.
PRAISE has spawned an Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) tool kit being developed for surgeons, with the help of the Public Health Agency of Canada, Bhandari said. It also points to the need for further research in 2014 if funding is approved.
PRAISE II aims to follow IPV victims with broken bones to see if the violence escalates and evaluate the woman's quality of life after the injury.
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