Table 2.

Percentage of Healthcare Workers Agreeing with Items about a Primary Care Provider’s Responsibility to Assess for or Counsel about Intimate Partner Violence

This section was preceded by the statement: “Primary care providers are asked to do increasingly more for patients in increasingly less time. For each of the statements below please mark your level of agreement regarding what should be expected of a primary care provider. The provider’s responsibility includes:”Participants who “agree” or “strongly agree”% (N)
Screening female patients for domestic violence at every routine health maintenance visit. (Responsibility to assess for IPV)67 (181)
Asking all patients with chronic pain about the possibility of domestic violence. (Responsibility to assess for IPV)56 (151)
Asking about domestic violence any time an injury is noticed, regardless of the stated cause. (Responsibility to assess for IPV)63 (170)
Asking about domestic violence at every visit. (Social desirability)14 (38)
Making sure a patient gets to a shelter right away if he or she discloses abuse. (Unrealistic expectations/lack of respect for autonomy)58 (155)
Telling a patient that an abusive partner’s behavior is not acceptable. (Responsibility to manage IPV)92 (253)
Telling a patient that a particular relationship is harmful to his or her health. (Responsibility to manage IPV)85 (233)
Following-up with a patient after making a referral to a domestic violence agency. (Responsibility to manage IPV)80 (220)
Telling a patient he or she needs to leave an abusive relationship. (Lack of respect for autonomy)55 (148)