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