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A Qualitative Analysis of How Physicians with Expertise in Domestic Violence Approach the Identification of Victims

Barbara Gerbert, PhD; Nona Caspers, MFA; Amy Bronstone, PhD; James Moe, PhD; and Priscilla Abercrombie, RN, NP, PhD
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From the University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, California.


Grant Support: By National Institute of Mental Health grant 1 R01 MH51580.

Acknowledgments: The authors thank the physicians who participated in the focus groups and those who participated in reviewing the study findings. They also thank Stephanie Greer and Survey Research Group for assistance in recruiting physician participants and organizing the focus groups; Candace Love, PhD, and Richard Carlton, MPH, for assisting the authors with moderating focus groups; and Jennifer Fechner, BA, for transcribing the focus group audiotapes and proofreading the manuscript.

Requests for Reprints: Barbara Gerbert, PhD, Division of Behavioral Sciences, University of California, San Francisco, 601 Montgomery Street, Suite 810, San Francisco, CA 94111; e-mail, gerbert@itsa.ucsf.edu. For reprint orders in quantities exceeding 100, please contact the Reprints Coordinator; phone, 215-351-2657; e-mail, reprints@mail.acponline.org.

Current Author Addresses: Drs. Gerbert, Bronstone, Moe, and Abercrombie and Ms. Caspers: Division of Behavioral Sciences, University of California San Francisco, 601 Montgomery Street, Suite 810, San Francisco, CA 94111.


Ann Intern Med. 1999;131(8):578-584. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-131-8-199910190-00005
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Advocates and other experts in domestic violence have recommended that as a first step in improving health care for victims, physicians should routinely screen for and identify patients whose partners are battering them (15). Although screening questions and guidelines have been developed to help physicians identify and intervene with victims, these guidelines do not address the complexity of physicians' tasks, nor do they provide insight into how physicians should navigate around the myriad patient and physician barriers to identification.

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How Physicians Identify Victims of Domestic Violence

The summary below is from the full report titled “A Qualitative Analysis of How Physicians with Expertise in Domestic Violence Approach the Identification of Victims.” It is in the 19 October 1999 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine (volume 131, pages 578-584). The authors are B. Gerbert, N. Caspers, A. Bronstone, J. Moe, and P. Abercrombie.

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