COMMENTARY: The Challenge of Managing Families With Intimate Partner Violence in Primary Care

View This PDF

NB: This article is only available as a PDF.

Because this piece has no abstract, we have provided for your benefit the first 3 sentences of the full text.

Since 1992, the American Medical Association has encouraged physicians to ask patients about intimate partner violence (IPV).1 Although this recommendation has existed for 15 years, studies show that there is room for improvement, with less than 10% of physicians routinely asking about IPV.2 A variety of studies have identified time constraints, discomfort with the subject, fear of offending the patient, frustration with patient denial, lack of skills and resources to manage IPV, and personal issues as barriers for physicians.3–5

Prim Care Companion J Clin Psychiatry 2007;9(6):410-412