Enhancing identification of battered women in the emergency department




Evans, Michael

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The purpose of the study was to determine the effect of staff training and introduction of McLeer and Anwar's (1987) protocol for identifying battered women from female trauma patients presenting in the emergency department. The study used an existing data base of chart data gathered prior to and following the introduction of the protocol.

The record had to reflect that the patient was female, between the ages of 15 to 50 years, and was a trauma patient. The trauma could not be the result of a natural disaster or a motor vehicle accident.

The first 200 charts that met the study criteria prior to and after the introduction of the protocol were analyzed. The instrument used for this study and in the larger study was the Rater Flow Sheet. Results indicated there was a statistically significant increase in the identification of battered women after staff training and protocol introduction.



Nursing, Health and environmental sciences, Womens studies, Social sciences