The Los Angeles Times (1/22, Morin) reports on a recommendation published online Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine, which advised that “women of childbearing age should undergo screening for domestic violence and other forms of abuse while visiting their doctor or clinic.” The recommendation “marks a significant change from 2004 when the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force found insufficient evidence to support screenings for so-called intimate partner violence, or IPV.” According to the panel, “if abuse is confirmed, physicians should provide patients with, or refer them to, intervention services.”
Bloomberg News (1/22, Ostrow) quotes David Grossman, a member of the task force and senior investigator at the Group Health Research Institute in Seattle, who said, “We hope the clinicians get the message that screening for intimate partner violence works, particularly for women of childbearing age. As far as screening for men and screening for the elderly, we would say that we just don’t know about the effectiveness of that. We’re basically saying clinicians need to use their judgment.”
— “Doctors urged to screen women for domestic abuse, “Monte Morin, Los Angeles Times, January 21, 2013.