Judith Linden, MD, on Best Practices for Treating Victims of Sexual Assault

Judith Linden, MD, Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Emergency Medicine, recently authored an article on the treatment of adult victims of sexual assault in an acute care setting, which appeared in the Sept. 1 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

The article utilizes a clinical vignette to illustrate evaluation and treatment protocols and was written to educate primary care and emergency physicians about the best practice models of treating individuals presenting with sexual assault.

Linden has served as a certified sexual assault examiner for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for more than 10 years. She conducted an extensive analysis and assessment of literature on providing care to sexual assault victims. By incorporating national guidelines, as well as areas of controversy in the field, Linden presents a comprehensive educational tool that practitioners can reference in order to provide state-of-the-art care to victims of sexual assault.

“Caring for a victim of sexual assault is truly complex and can involve a host of psychological, medical and legal issues,” says Linden. “I hope that this article will help demystify and clarify the issues for emergency and primary care practitioners and help standardize care models so that we can deliver optimal care to victims of sexual assault.”

Click here to read the article

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