Timely and appropriate engagement with evidence-informed healthcare is essential for survivors of sexual violence. Promotion of access can lead to improved outcomes across the healthcare spectrum, including mental health and chronic conditions. There are many individual, socio-cultural, and medical misinformation factors that limit this needed access. Identification and labeling of medical misinformation as a distinct entity should be considered as a possible strategy to mitigate these concerns.
Key Take Away Points
- Promotion of access to evidence-informed healthcare can lead to improved outcomes across the healthcare spectrum, including mental health and chronic conditions, for survivors of sexual violence
- Identification and labeling of medical misinformation as a distinct entity should be considered as a possible strategy to mitigate barriers to access
Aditee Narayan is a Professor of Pediatrics at Duke University School of Medicine. She is Section Chief for Child Abuse Pediatrics within the Department of Pediatrics.
The author would like to acknowledge the patients and families who have experienced sexual violence for their insights and courage in mitigating barriers to needed healthcare.
"Medical Misinformation in Sexual Violence,"
Journal of Applied Research on Children: Informing Policy for Children at Risk: Vol. 13:
2, Article 6.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.library.tmc.edu/childrenatrisk/vol13/iss2/6
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