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Women Health. 2017 Dec 18:1-15. doi: 10.1080/03630242.2017.1388334. [Epub ahead of print]

A scoping review of intimate partner violence educational programs for health care professionals.

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a Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, Department of Surgery , McMaster University , Hamilton , Ontario , Canada.
b Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact , McMaster University , Hamilton , Ontario , Canada.
c Department of Family Medicine , McMaster University, David Braley Health Sciences Centre , Hamilton , Ontario , Canada.
d Department of Orthopaedics , University of Maryland School of Medicine , Baltimore , Maryland , USA.
e Graduate Entry Medicine, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland , Dublin , Ireland.



Multiple intimate partner violence (IPV) educational programs have been developed for health care professionals (HCPs); however, program content and effectiveness vary substantially. The purpose of this scoping review was to identify and synthesize the literature evaluating IPV education programs for HCPs to identify key areas for potential evidence-based recommendations and focus future research priorities.


We conducted a systematic literature search using broad eligibility criteria to identify studies published between January 2000 and July 2015 that evaluated the effectiveness of IPV education programs in health care settings. All potentially eligible references were screened independently by two reviewers. Data extraction was completed independently by two reviewers for all eligible studies. Descriptive statistics were used to summarize all data.


We identified 65 eligible studies, 55% of which reported positive program effectiveness. Effective programs often reported the use of online training components, delivery by an IPV educator/expert or physician/surgeon, the inclusion of a treatment protocol and resources for patients and HCPs, and included more than five training sessions lasting no more than one hours each.


Our results demonstrate that IPV educational programs are heterogeneous and that a wide variety of methodologies have been used to evaluate their effectiveness.


Intimate partner violence; domestic violence; education; partner abuse; scoping review; spouse abuse

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