Table 1

Relationship Parallels

Detailer relationship with MD: (D)

MD relationship with patient: (MD)


• Model listening skills. (D)

• Listen carefully and respectfully. (MD)


• Support and reinforce positive physician behaviors. (D)

• Support and reinforce positive self-care behaviors (safety planning, community referrals). (MD)


• Empower the physician to become involved. (D)

• Empower the victim to participate in her own decisions re timing of staying or leaving the relationship. (MD)


• Offer constructive feedback and challenge current practices. (D)

• Offer feedback and challenge her ideas, stating that she doesn't deserve to live in an abusive relationship. (MD)


• Establish a trustworthy bond with the physician. (D)

• Establish a trustworthy bond with the patient by reassuring her that you will be available as she moves forward with her decisions. (MD)


• Watch for ways to promote change. (D)

• Watch for ways to promote her self-esteem. (MD)


• Provide a brief structured set of modules that cover critical partner violence information, useful to practicing physicians. (D)

• Document her story in detail (use body maps, names, dates, events, and photographs, as appropriate). (MD)


Edwardsen et al. BMC Medical Education 2011 11:36   doi:10.1186/1472-6920-11-36

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