MacOrtho is proud to announce the successful launch of the PREVAIL study (Promoting the Empowerment of Victims of Abuse and Intimate Partner Violence), headed by Katie Rosenwasser. PREVAIL is a two-phase prospective observational study which will first assess and then attempt to change the environment of the orthopaedic clinic in order to better suit it for the potential disclosure of intimate partner violence (IPV). The control phase consists of surveying patients who visit the orthopaedic clinic about their perception of this environment as an open and resource-rich place in which to discuss IPV, should the need arise. We have been recruiting for this phase of the study since early June and have thus far enrolled 70 participants.
The interventional phase will consist of the implementation of our self-designed IPV media 'toolkit', which includes several versions of a poster, an informational brochure with card insert, and staff buttons to be worn during the normal operating hours of the orthopaedic clinic. We are in the final editing stages of the toolkit and hope to begin this part of the study in the second week of July. The PREVAIL study is being conducted in partnership with the Canadian Orthopaedic Association, the Ontario Medical Association, Hamilton Interval House, and the Hamilton Health Sciences Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Care Centre.