Women who were screened for partner violence and given a list of resources to help didn’t have better health or less partner violence a year later than women who were not screened, researchers found.
The research follows a call from numerous public health agencies, including the Institute of Medicine, for such screening, the researchers wrote in Tuesday’s issue of the Journal of the American Medical Assn. They note that several other agencies including the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force have concluded there’s not enough evidence to support the screening.
The journal article’s authors speculated that the intervention might not have been often enough or intensive enough to make a difference.
The study looked at 2,364 women in 2009-10 in Illinois who sought primary care. The women were divided into three groups: One got screening and the resource list; one got the resource list; and the third got neither. The women were contacted a year later to see how they were doing.