Barriers To Diagnosis

Even though emergency physicians provide care for large numbers of battered women, a recent study documented that only domestic violence is documented in only a small percentage of cases.14

Physicians fail to make the diagnosis for many reasons. Until recently, it was distinctly unusual for medical students or residents to receive training about domestic violence. Instruction on how to recognize domestic violence is now part of the core curriculum for emergency medicine residencies. Physicians aware of domestic violence often have misconceptions that contribute to underdiagnosis. Some of these misconceptions are listed in T§b!e...,291-1.

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