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J Contin Educ Nurs. 2007 Jan-Feb;38(1):37-45.

Barriers to screening for domestic violence in the emergency department.

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San Jose State University, San Jose, California, USA.


The identification of victims of domestic violence is important to prevent further abuse and injury. The purposes of this pilot project were to identify potential barriers emergency department registered nurses encounter in screening patients for domestic violence and to assess nurses' educational backgrounds for continuing education and training needs. The most significant potential barriers to screening identified were a lack of education and instruction on how to ask questions about abuse, language barriers between nurses and patients, a personal or family history of abuse, and time issues. These findings may benefit other researchers who are trying to determine the continuing education needs of emergency department staffs.

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