The Anatomy of a Community Health Center System-Level Intervention for Intimate Partner Violence
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The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) now recommends screening for intimate partner violence (IPV) as part of routine preventive services for women. However, there is a lack of clarity as to the most effective methods of screening and referral. We conducted a 3-year community-based mixed-method participatory research project involving four community health centers that serve as safety net medical providers for a predominately indigent urban population. The project involved preparatory work, a multifaceted systems-level demonstration project, and a sustainability period with provider/staff debriefing. The goal was to determine if a low-tech system-level intervention would result in an increase in IPV detection and response in an urban community health center. Results highlight the challenges, but also the opportunities, for implementing the new USPSTF guidelines to screen all women of childbearing years for intimate partner violence in resource-limited primary care settings.
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Journal of Urban Health
Volume 91, Issue 1 , pp 107-121
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- Intimate partner violence screening
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- Author Affiliations
- 1. School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA
- 5. Center for Emergency Care Policy Research, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, 1st Floor Ravdin, HUP, Philadelphia, PA, 19104, USA
- 2. School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA
- 3. Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Philadelphia, USA
- 4. Institute for Safe Families, Philadelphia, USA