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Domestic violence in the pregnant patient: obstetric and behavioral interventions.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9793939     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Every day, obstetric providers treat patients experiencing domestic violence. Domestic violence can have both dramatic and subtle impacts on maternal and fetal morbidity and mortality. This article enumerates patient risk factors for and obstetric consequences of domestic violence. It describes adaptations to the assessment and treatment of pregnancy complications occurring in the context of domestic violence and presents behavioral interventions that can be performed within existing obstetric care delivery systems. Behavioral interventions include assessments of a patient's readiness for change and her emotional responses to the violence. Obstetric interventions include an assessment of risk of physical harm to a pregnant woman and her fetus from domestic violence. Interviewing techniques include educating the patient about the effects of abuse and, over time, validating a patient's efforts to change. Reliance on a team approach and use of community resources are emphasized. All of these mechanisms enable obstetric providers to assist pregnant women in taking steps to end the abuse.
L Mayer; J Liebschutz
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Obstetrical & gynecological survey     Volume:  53     ISSN:  0029-7828     ISO Abbreviation:  Obstet Gynecol Surv     Publication Date:  1998 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-12-21     Completed Date:  1998-12-21     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0401007     Medline TA:  Obstet Gynecol Surv     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  627-35     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Battered Women*
Behavior Therapy
Domestic Violence*
Pregnancy Complications / etiology,  prevention & control
Risk Factors

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