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Intimate Partner Violence Education in Obstetrics & Gynecology Residents

Purpose: To evaluate the effect of an educational module on Obstetrics and Gynecology (OBGYN) resident knowledge of intimate partner violence (IPV).


Background: The United States Department of Health and Human Services recommends screening and counseling all women for IPV. However, data suggests that medical providers require more education on properly identifying and caring for these patients.


Methods: OBGYN residents at the University of Louisville were approached about reviewing an educational module on IPV. Study participants were given a power-point presentation with embedded videos describing the prevalence and characteristics of IPV, assessment strategies for providers, and ways to address IPV disclosure. A knowledge assessment and a subjective assessment of comfort were completed before and after review of the module. All assessments and educational modules were created by the study authors. Of the 23 residents that were approached regarding the study, four participants completed only the pretest subjective assessment, while nine participants completed all pretest and posttest assessments.


Results: Following review of the educational module, mean assessment scores increased an average of 23.3 points out of 100 (SD 5.8, 95% CI 18.9 to 27.8, p < 0.001). The subjective assessment scores decreased by 2.4 points (SD 2.0, CI –4.0 to –0.9, p=0.006).


Discussions: Residents had increased knowledge of IPV after reviewing the module but felt less comfortable with the issue. An educational module may increase resident knowledge about IPV; however, unless additional support and resources are provided in the clinical setting, residents may feel less secure about addressing this subject with patients.

Topics: CREOG & APGO Annual Meeting, 2021, Resident, Patient Care, Medical Knowledge, GME, Advocacy,

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Patient Care,Medical Knowledge,
Clinical Focus

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Ciara Johnson, MD, University of Louisville; Ashlee Bergin, MD, MPH; Rebecca Pierson, MD; Jeremy Gaskins, PhD

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