Information Sharing to Tackle Community Violence

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Authors: Adrian Boyle / Editor: Tadgh Moriarty / Codes: / Published: 24/05/2024

This Learning Session describes the processes around Information Sharing to Tackle Community Violence. It also describes some of the responsibilities of emergency clinicians around confidentiality when looking after victims of violence.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the process and effectiveness of information sharing to tackle community violence
  • Understand the responsibilities of a clinician about confidentiality when looking after a victim of violent crime
  • Understand various quality improvement strategies to successfully implement information sharing to tackle violence
  • Understand the public health approach to violence reduction.


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