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Home Lists 15 Obstacles Emergency Rooms Face in Identifying Abuse

15 Obstacles Emergency Rooms Face in Identifying Abuse

  1. Patient doesn't want to talk about the abuse
  2. Patient is under the influence of drugs/alcohol
  3. Patient fears repercussions
  4. Staff not trained to interview victims of abuse
  5. Staff frustrated to screen by how little they can do to help
  6. Language barriers
  7. Questions about abuse may feel too confrontational
  8. Patient denies abuse as a cause of injury
  9. Staff not trained to identify abuse as a cause of injury
  10. Primarily concerned about treating injury/complaint
  11. Patient lacks privacy
  12. Lack of resources to assist victims
  13. Belief that abuse is a private family issue
  14. Identifying support agencies is time consuming
  15. Fear the implications of mandatory reporting