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ANCHOR LEAD: When primary care doctors ask about intimate partner violence, it doesn’t seem to help, Elizabeth Tracey reports.

Intimate partner violence, largely against women, occurs much more often than many of us like to think, with estimates in the 15-20% of relationships range.  But now a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association seems to demonstrate that asking primary care physicians to screen for intimate partner violence doesn’t reduce  violence.  Jacquelyn Campbell, professor of nursing at Johns Hopkins and one of the study’s authors, comments.

CAMPBELL: The results of this study cannot be taken to say  that we should not be doing screening.  The results of the study unfortunately say that we need to do more research to see what the benefits of screening are.  When a provider follows up that screening with an appropriate intervention.  So there are quick interventions that providers can provide or the other thing that providers need to do is facilitate a referral.             :29

Campbell says the study clearly demonstrates that much more awareness is needed.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.

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