Envisioning a Partnership between Nail Technicians and Hand Surgeons for Community Surveillance of Intimate Partner Violence

Volume 9, Issue 1, February 2024     |     PP. 339-350      |     PDF (198 K)    |     Pub. Date: December 11, 2022
DOI: 10.54647/cm32965    77 Downloads     667 Views  


Hillary Brenda Nguyen, BA, Harvard Medical School, 25 Shattuck Street, Boston, MA 02115, United States
George Sinclair Mitchell Dyer, MD, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, 60 Fenwood Road, Boston, MA 02115, United States

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a public health crisis, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Among musculoskeletal injuries, finger fractures are the most common injuries in IPV, though the vast majority of cases go unrecognized in medical settings. Like physicians, nail technicians are trained, state-licensed professionals with intimate, direct, and longitudinal contact with patients. We propose that nail technicians are ideal allies in community settings for recognizing IPV hand injuries. We review the current landscape and outline a partnership model between hand surgeons and nail salons in tackling IPV within more accessible, safer spaces.

intimate partner violence, hand surgeons, physicians, nail technicians

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Hillary Brenda Nguyen, BA, George Sinclair Mitchell Dyer, MD, Envisioning a Partnership between Nail Technicians and Hand Surgeons for Community Surveillance of Intimate Partner Violence , SCIREA Journal of Clinical Medicine. Volume 9, Issue 1, February 2024 | PP. 339-350. 10.54647/cm32965


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