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

Therese Zink, MD

Published: December 15, 2007

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Since 1992, the American Medical Association hasencouraged physicians to ask patients about intimate partner violence (IPV).1 Although this recommendationhas existed for 15 years, studies show that there isroom for improvement, with less than 10% of physiciansroutinely asking about IPV.2 A variety of studies haveidentified time constraints, discomfort with the subject,fear of offending the patient, frustration with patient denial,lack of skills and resources to manage IPV, and personalissues as barriers for physicians.3-5

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