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Citation

Sadowski L. Clin. Evid. 2009; 2009: online.

Affiliation

Collaborative Research Unit, Cook County Hospital/Department of Internal Medicine, Rush Medical College, Chicago, USA.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2009, BMJ Publishing Group)

DOI

unavailable

PMID

19445762

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Between 10-69% of women may have been physically or sexually assaulted by a partner at some stage, with assault rates against men reported at about a quarter of the rate against women. In at least half of people studied, the problem lasts for 5 years or more. Women reporting intimate partner violence (IPV) are more likely than other women to complain of poor physical or mental health, and of disability. METHODS AND OUTCOMES: We conducted a systematic review and aimed to answer the following clinical question: What are the effects of interventions initiated by healthcare professionals aimed at female victims of intimate partner violence? We searched: Medline, Embase, The Cochrane Library, and other important databases up to July 2008 (Clinical Evidence reviews are updated periodically, please check our website for the most up-to-date version of this review). RESULTS: We found 25 systematic reviews, RCTs, or observational studies that met our inclusion criteria. We performed a GRADE evaluation of the quality of evidence for interventions. CONCLUSIONS: In this systematic review we present information relating to the effectiveness and safety of the following interventions: advocacy; career counselling plus critical consciousness awareness; cognitive behavioural counselling; cognitive trauma therapy; counselling; nurse support and guidance; peer support groups; safety planning; and shelters.


Language: en

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