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Can a health clinic-based intervention increase safety in abused women? Results from a pilot study.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19627223     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Intimate partner violence (IPV) has been related to a number of adverse physical and mental health consequences. Research has identified relatively high IPV victimization rates among women seeking care in primary healthcare and emergency department settings. Studies have shown the potential usefulness of screening and intervention in these settings.
METHODS: This article reports results from a pilot study designed to assess the effect of a clinic-based intervention on women's engagement in safety-promoting behaviors. This study was conducted in a primary healthcare clinic for the uninsured in Baltimore, Maryland. Women who screened positive for recent IPV were randomly assigned to an intervention or control group. The intervention consisted of an on-site counseling session and six telephone counseling sessions over a 3-month period. Women in the control group received health information brochures, a list of community resources, and a monthly telephone call to confirm contact information.
RESULTS: A total of 41 women participated in the study. Results demonstrated that women who received the clinic-based intervention engaged in significantly more safety-promoting behaviors than did women in the control group.
CONCLUSIONS: The results of this study and others indicate the potential usefulness of screening and intervention in a medical setting.
Tameka L Gillum; Christina J Sun; Anne B Woods
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of women's health (2002)     Volume:  18     ISSN:  1931-843X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Womens Health (Larchmt)     Publication Date:  2009 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-08-12     Completed Date:  2009-11-12     Revised Date:  2013-06-02    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101159262     Medline TA:  J Womens Health (Larchmt)     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1259-64     Citation Subset:  IM    
University of Massachusetts Amherst, School of Public Health and Health Sciences, Amherst, MA 01003-9304, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Battered Women*
Counseling / methods*
Health Education / methods*
Health Promotion / methods*
Middle Aged
Patient Education as Topic / methods*
Pilot Projects
Professional-Patient Relations
Recurrence / prevention & control
Spouse Abuse / prevention & control*,  rehabilitation*
Treatment Outcome
Young Adult
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