Objective: To determine the clinical experience, management and training of emergency physicians in the suspected use of excessive force by law enforcement officers. Methods: Surveys were mailed to a random sample of academic emergency physicians in the USA. Results: Of 393 emergency physicians surveyed, 315 (80.2%) responded. Of the respondents, 99.8% (95% CI 98.2% to 100.0%) believed excessive use of force actually occurs and 97.8% (95% CI 95.5% to 99.1%) replied that they had managed patients with suspected excessive use of force. These incidents were not reported by 71.2% (95% CI 65.6% to 76.4%) of respondents, 96.5% (95% CI 93.8% to 98.2%) had no departmental policies and 93.7% (95% CI 90.4% to 96.1%) had not received training in the management of these cases. Conclusions: Suspected excessive use of force is encountered by academic emergency physicians in the USA. There is only limited training or policies for the management of these cases.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Emergency Medicine
- Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine