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BU: New Approach Needed for Violence Victimization

Violence victimization is a “chronic condition” that requires a standard of care similar to other chronic conditions, a Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) researcher argues in a commentary in the journal Evidence-Based Medicine.

Reviewing a study by University of Michigan researchers that found that assault-injured youths were more likely to experience subsequent violent injuries, Dr. Emily Rothman, associate professor of community health sciences at BUSPH, wrote that “long-term violence management action plans” should be developed for victims, rather than merely treating acute-care wounds.

She said the study showed that youths treated for assault-related injuries in an urban emergency department had higher rates of repeated violent injury within two years as compared with youths who were treated for non-assault-related injuries, and that the probability of re-injury was higher for females, as well as youths with drug use disorders and PTSD.

“Violence is costly and a chronic condition, but yet the standard of care for violence victimization is not comparable with those for other chronic medical conditions, such as asthma or diabetes,” Dr. Rothman said.

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