Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie,
MD, PhD, Senior Editor.
To the Editor: In discussing interventions
for intimate partner violence, Drs Rhodes and Levinson1 presented
3 cases. In Case 1 the intervention is that an emergency physician informs
the primary care physician about a patient's history. In Case 2, the patient
is referred to a social worker who encourages the woman to talk to her extended
family and refers her to a support group. In Case 3, the physician prescribes
a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, refers the patient to a neck and back
pain specialist, documents the abusive situation, and refers the patient to
a community mental health program.
Finucane TE. Intervening in Abusive Relationships—Reply. JAMA. 2003;289(17):2211-2212. doi:10.1001/jama.289.17.2211-a