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Once Is Not Enough: Effective Strategies for Medical Student Education on Intimate Partner Violence

NCJ Number
Violence Against Women Volume: 18 Issue: 10 Dated: October 2012 Pages: 1192-1212
Raquel Buranosky; Rachel Hess; Melissa A. McNeil; Allison M. Aiken; Judy C. Chang
Date Published
October 2012
21 pages
This study examined the training of health professionals in intimate partner violence (IPV).
Training in intimate partner violence (IPV) improves health professionals' knowledge and comfort regarding IPV; the optimal training frequency and format is unknown. The authors assessed how various types and amounts of IPV education for medical students affected knowledge and attitudes. Medical students at a large, urban university completed a survey concerning IPV-related knowledge and attitudes and participation in didactic and experiential IPV training activities. This was a one-time assessment. Of 586 students, 279 (48 percent) completed the survey. IPV-related knowledge increased with increased number of training activities. Knowledge and attitude scores were higher (p less than .001) for respondents with experiential, versus only didactic, activities. Abstract published by arrangement with Sage Journals.