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Intimate partner violence and Musculoskeletal injury: bridging the knowledge gap in Orthopaedic fracture clinics

Sheila Sprague1*, Kim Madden1, Sonia Dosanjh2, Katelyn Godin1, J Carel Goslings3, Emil H Schemitsch4 and Mohit Bhandari15

Author affiliations

1 Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University, 293 Wellington St. N Suite 110, L8L 8E7, Hamilton, ON, Canada

2 Global Research Solutions, 3228 South Service Road, Suite 206, L7N 3H8, Burlington, ON, Canada

3 Trauma Unit, Department of Surgery, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, Meibergdreef 9, 1105 AZ, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

4 Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, St. Michael’s Hospital, 30 Bond Street, M5B 1W8, Toronto, ON, Canada

5 Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, Department of Surgery, McMaster University, 293 Wellington St. N Suite 110, L8L 8E7, Hamilton, ON, Canada

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Citation and License

BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2013, 14:23  doi:10.1186/1471-2474-14-23

Published: 15 January 2013


Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a serious health issue. There have been widespread research efforts in the area of IPV over the past several decades, primarily focusing on obstetrics, emergency medicine, and primary care settings. Until recently there has been a paucity of research focusing on IPV in surgery, and thus a resultant knowledge gap. Renewed interest in the underlying risk of IPV among women with musculoskeletal injuries has fueled several important studies to determine the nature and scope of this issue in orthopaedic surgery. Our review summarizes the evidence from surgical research in the field of IPV and provides recommendations for developing and evaluating an IPV identification and support program and opportunities for future research.

Intimate partner violence; Domestic violence; Identification program; Orthopaedic surgery; Musculoskeletal injury