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B004 Human Trafficking: Family Medicine Can Lead the Care of This Vulnerable Patient Population

Ronald Chambers Jr, MD; Holly Gibbs

05/6/17 7:15 AM - 8:15 AM Harbor Ballroom

Human trafficking has gained increasing public awareness in recent years. Nearly all family physicians encounter this population, unfortunately most lack the education and training to provide appropriate care. They are under-informed about the enormous scope of the problem and inadequately understand the challenges they will face when treating a victim of human trafficking. This workshop will review the definitions and legal issues of human trafficking, provide screening recommendations, review common physical and psychiatric comorbidities associated with the trauma these patients have endured, review victim/trauma-centered care, provide initial intervention techniques, and review the longitudinal multidisciplinary approach needed to assist victims throughout their recovery. Family physicians are able to serve these patients in a comprehensive manner not found in other specialties. The field is unique both in scope and longitudinal timeframe making family medicine best suited to take the lead and truly care for this vulnerable patient population. Incorporated into the presentation will be a structured curriculum for human trafficking education and guidelines on incorporation of this training into family medicine residency programs.

Upon completion of this session, participants should be able to:

  1. Understand the scope of human trafficking nationally and identify where it occurrs within their own communities.
  2. Recognize their patient is a human trafficking victim and know how to access appropriate resources and provide victim-centered, trauma-informed care.
  3. Incorporate the supplied human trafficking curriculum, education and training into their own residency programs.


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