Is a clinician's personal history of domestic violence associated with their clinical care of patients: a cross-sectional study
AuthorMcLindon, E; Humphreys, C; Hegarty, K
Source TitleBMJ OPEN
PublisherBMJ PUBLISHING GROUP
University of Melbourne Author/sHumphreys, Cathy; McLindon, Elizabeth; Hegarty, Kelsey; McLindon, Elizabeth
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsMcLindon, E., Humphreys, C. & Hegarty, K. (2019). Is a clinician's personal history of domestic violence associated with their clinical care of patients: a cross-sectional study. BMJ OPEN, 9 (7), https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2019-029276.
Access StatusOpen Access
Open Access at PMChttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6678065
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether domestic violence (DV) impacts on health professionals' clinical care of DV survivor patients. DESIGN, SETTING: Descriptive, cross-sectional study at an Australian tertiary maternity hospital. PARTICIPANTS: 471 participating female health professionals (45.0% response rate). OUTCOME MEASURES: Using logistic and linear regression, we examined whether health professionals' exposure to lifetime DV was associated with their clinical care on specific measures of training, attitudes, identification and intervention. RESULTS: DV survivor health professionals report greater preparedness to intervene with survivor patients in a way that is consistent with ideal clinical care. This indicates that personal DV experience is not a barrier, and may be a facilitator, to clinical care of survivor patients. CONCLUSIONS: Health professionals are at the front line of identifying and responding to patients who have experienced DV. These findings provide evidence that survivor health professionals may be a strength to the healthcare organisations in which they work since among the participants in this study, they appear to be doing more of the work seen as better clinical care of survivor patients. We discuss the need for greater workplace supports aimed at promoting safety and recovery from violence and strengthening clinical practice with patients.
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