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August 15, 2012

Evolving Research on the Treatment of Health Effects of Violence and Human Rights AbusesFrom Observational Studies to Randomized Trials

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Author Affiliations: Dr Cole (tbcole@bellsouth.net) is Contributing Editor and Ms Flanagin is Deputy Managing Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2012;308(7):716-717. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.10078

The 1999 JAMA theme issue on violence and human rights included a number of studies that reported on violence in schools,1 the increasing incidence of child abuse,2 rates of screening for intimate partner violence,3 and the mental health of refugees and noncombatants in war.4 In an Editorial in that issue,5 we commented that although the prevention and treatment of violence and human rights abuses was a maturing discipline, nearly all of the published reports on these topics as of 1999 described problems rather than evaluations of the efficacy of interventions.