Intimate Partner Violence: The Knowledge, Attitudes, Beliefs, and Behaviors of Rural Health Care Providers
Intimate Partner Violence: The Knowledge, Attitudes, Beliefs, and Behaviors of Rural Health Care Providers is organized by Wolters Kluwer.
Published: Jun 2016
• ANCC - 2.5 CH
• DC - BON 2.5 CH
• FL - BON 2.5 CH
• GA - BON 2.5 CH
Purpose of Activity:
To present the details of a study that explored rural providers' intimate partner violence?related knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors.
Intimate partner violence (IPV)-defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as the "physical, sexual, or psychological harm by a current or former partner or spouse"1-continues to be a pervasive health and social problem in the United States, affecting about one in three women during her lifetime.2 Such violence has devastating effects on women and families, including serious physical and mental health problems, economic hardship, and decreased quality of life.3-6 (Although men can also be victims, women are disproportionately targeted; this article focuses on women.)
Nurses and other health care providers can have a positive impact on the lives of women who experience IPV. Studies have found that interactions with providers can influence a woman's perception of herself and her situation, as well as her decision making around leaving the abusive relationship.7, 8 Yet among providers, lack of knowledge, negative attitudes and beliefs, and low IPV screening rates are common.9-11
Problems with the responses of health care providers may be magnified in the rural setting, where women face particular challenges. Studies have consistently found that factors such as limited availability and access to resources, lack of formal and informal support, isolation, patriarchal attitudes, economic stress, and privacy issues exacerbate IPV in rural settings.12-17 Though a large body of research exists regarding providers' IPV-related knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors, little is known in this regard that's specific to rural providers. Given the unique challenges faced by women in the rural setting, it's important to understand the perceptions of rural providers regarding IPV, available resources, and appropriate responses. Also, IPV has been receiving more attention recently, both in the general news media18-21 and by health care organizations seeking to meet Joint Commission standards for IPV screening,22 and this may have further influenced providers' knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors. To learn more, we conducted a study to determine the current IPV-related knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors of health care providers in the rural setting.
After completing this continuing education activity you will be able to:
• Identify the goals and methods of this study.
• Outline the study findings and implications for practice.
Topics: Intimate Partner Violence, Sexual Assault
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