The study explored the perceptions and practices of general practitioners (GPs) regarding the identification and management of victimized patients in primary care settings. A qualitative study was conducted employing three focus groups and a total of 18 GPs drawn from Greek General Practice Networks. Participants discussed issues of identification, assessment, recording, and referral of victimized patients at their clinical setting. Important points raised were the role ambiguity in the management of the victimized patients, the lack of confidence in diagnosing the problem, the discomfort in discussing Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) with their patients, the mistrust in the referral services, and the confidentiality issues affecting their recording practices. This preliminary information is expected to guide large-scale surveys and future interventions.
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The project received a grant by the Research Committee of the University of Crete in Greece.
The authors would like to express their gratitude to the participants of the focus group discussions for sharing their valuable experiences and views.
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Papadakaki, M., Petridou, E., Petelos, E. et al. Management of Victimized Patients in Greek Primary Care Settings: A Pilot Study. J Fam Viol 29, 371–379 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10896-014-9596-3
- Intimate partner violence
- Primary care
- General practitioners