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How to identify, assess, and refer patients experiencing interpersonal violence across the lifespan: the role of US pharmacists in integrated pharmacy research and practice

Authors Cerulli C, Inoue S, Cerulli J

Received 4 May 2019

Accepted for publication 13 August 2019

Published 15 November 2019 Volume 2019:8 Pages 115—125


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Peer reviewer comments 3

Editor who approved publication: Professor Jonathan Ling

Catherine Cerulli,1 Sachi Inoue,2 Jennifer Cerulli3

1Laboratory of Interpersonal Violence and Victimization, Susan B. Anthony Center, Department of Psychiatry Research, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY 14642, USA; 2Susan B. Anthony Center, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 14642, USA; 3Medication Therapy Management Pharmacist, MyMedZ Medication Review Service, Selkirk, NY, USA

Correspondence: Catherine Cerulli
University of Rochester Medical Center, 300 Crittenden Blvd., Rochester, NY 14642, USA
Tel +1 585 275 5269

Abstract: Interpersonal violence is a public health crisis in need of multipronged interventions. Victims of violence experience both acute injuries and chronic illness and may seek acute self-care and/or have the need for chronic medication therapy. Thus, the community-based, ambulatory pharmacy setting can serve as a portal for identification of, and intervention for, victims of violence. This article provides background on four types of interpersonal violence, including intimate partner, child and elder abuse, in addition to sexual assault. This article briefly reviews the statutory reporting requirements for pharmacists in the United States, identifies educational needs for pharmacists with existing resources and suggests a method for the ambulatory pharmacist’s intervention.

Keywords: interpersonal violence and victimization, pharmacy practice, protocols for pharmacy practice

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