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Question: What is the result of a missed diagnosis of IPV?

Answer:

Failure to diagnose Intimate partner violence (IPV) may return the woman to a dangerous situation. It also furthers the victim’s sense of entrapment and helplessness. Inappropriate medications may be prescribed (tranquilizers and antidepressants) without a search for the underlying causes of these symptoms. Patients may be labeled as being hysterical, paranoid, and irrational.

Reference: Haywood YC, Haile-Mariam T: Violence against women. Emerg Med Clin North Am 17:603-615, 1999.

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