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December 12, 2012

Partner Violence Screening and Women’s Quality of Life—Reply

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Division of Violence Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia (Dr Klevens; jklevens@cdc.gov); and Collaborative Research Unit, John H. Stroger Jr Hospital of Cook County, Chicago, Illinois (Dr Kee).

JAMA. 2012;308(22):2334-2336. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.14876

In Reply: We agree overall with Dr Fanslow and Dr Lazarus and colleagues. Our study does not rule out asking women about their experiences of violence. As we stated in our conclusion, our findings suggest that just providing a list of partner violence resources (or passive referral), with or without asking questions about IPV, did not result in improved health.

Whether the findings are due to a lack of face-to-face interaction, as Lazarus and colleagues suggest, was not addressed in the study and is not clear from the existing research. Randomized controlled trials of computerized screening compared with face-to-face screening show equal or greater rates of disclosure of IPV.14

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