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IPV screening and preparedness for IPV in obstetrics and gynecology: a patient doctor study

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Abstract: Intentional intimate partner violence (IPV) is a serious and preventable public health problem, which mainly affects women of childbearing age. Obstetricians and Gynecologists (OB GYNs) have a unique opportunity to identify and support women experiencing IPV to improve women s health. In view of recent efforts to raise IPV awareness and intervention, the purpose of this study is to conduct a current evaluation of a nationally representative sample to assess the degree of preparedness of Obstetrics and gynecology for IPV response and patients IPV related experience. method. 400 obstetricians and gynecologists were randomly selected from the cooperative outpatient research network of the American Society of Obstetrics and gynecology (ACOG). Each doctor received a doctor survey and 25 patient surveys. Consequences IPV training education and IPV screeningractices were associated with most measures of ob-gyn readiness to respond to IPV. Among respondents, 36.8 endorsed screening all patients at annual exams; however, 36.8 felt they did not have sufficient training to assist individuals in addressing IPV. Workplace encouragement of IPV response was associated with training, screening, detection, preparation knowledge, response practices, and resources. Thirty-one percent of patients indicated their ob-gyn had asked about possible IPV experiences during their medical visit. Conclusion. Findings highlight specific gaps in ob-gyns’ IPV knowledge and response practices to be further addressed by IPV training.

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