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2010 Theme Issue on Violence and Human Rights:  Call for Papers

Thomas B. Cole, MD, MPH; Annette Flanagin, RN, MA
JAMA. 2009;302(22):2487. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1782.
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Violence and the abuse of human rights can be addressed as cultural, political, social, and criminal justice problems, but they are health problems as well. Survivors of human conflict, whether intimate partner violence or war, may be at risk for a variety of conditions such as mental health disorders, substance abuse, musculoskeletal disorders, reproductive disorders, and sexually transmitted diseases.1,2 Survivors of terrorism and other forms of mass conflict may be at risk for complications ranging from posttraumatic stress3,4 and depression2 to asthma3 and other chronic conditions to disability.57 It is the complications, which may be acute8 or chronic,5,6 that typically bring survivors to the attention of clinicians. As the complications are identified and treated, often their root causes begin to emerge in the clinical encounter. Consequently, physicians and other health care personnel may have the opportunity not only to treat the complications but to intervene to promote health and coping and prevent disability and even further abuse.

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