Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
There are two types of clinicians: those who have had patients at risk for violence and those who will. Clinicians in all specialties need to know how to recognize and evaluate the potentially violent patient in order to provide appropriate management and disposition. For example, as I have noted elsewhere, doctors are told that every physician in the United States, regardless of specialty or location conducted, has seen a battered woman in the office in the last two weeks.1 As part of a clinically supportive evaluation, abused women should be asked if they are considering self-harm or violent retribution against their abusers or both.
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