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J Gen Intern Med. 1996 Jan;11(1):44-6.

Identifying domestic violence in primary care practice.

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Evans Department of Clinical Research, Boston University Medical Center, MA 02118, USA.


To improve detection of domestic violence as a problem for women seeking primary care, we compared the addition of a single question about domestic violence on an existing self-administered health history form, to discretionary inquiry alone. We studied 689 consecutive new women patients in an internal medicine practice. Domestic violence identification rose from 0% in the control group with discretionary inquiry alone to 11.6% (95% confidence interval 8.8-14.4%) when the health history form included the following question: "At any time has a partner ever hit you, kicked you, or otherwise physically hurt you?" The addition of a single question can increase identification of domestic violence as a problem in patients' lives.

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