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Management of Victimized Patients in Greek Primary Care Settings: A Pilot Study

NCJ Number
247945
Journal
Journal of Family Violence Volume: 29 Issue: 4 Dated: May 2014 Pages: 371-379
Author(s)
Maria Papadakaki; Eleni Petridou; Elena Petelos; Evi Germeni; Manolis Kogevinas; Christos Lionis
Date Published
May 2014
Length
9 pages
Annotation
The study explored the perceptions and practices of general practitioners (GPs) regarding the identification and management of victimized patients in primary care settings.
Abstract
The study explored the perceptions and practices of general practitioners (GPs) regarding the identification and management of victimized patients in primary care settings. A qualitative study was conducted employing three focus groups and a total of 18 GPs drawn from Greek General Practice Networks. Participants discussed issues of identification, assessment, recording, and referral of victimized patients at their clinical setting. Important points raised were the role ambiguity in the management of the victimized patients, the lack of confidence in diagnosing the problem, the discomfort in discussing Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) with their patients, the mistrust in the referral services, and the confidentiality issues affecting their recording practices. This preliminary information is expected to guide large-scale surveys and future interventions. Abstract published by arrangement with Springer.