Author Affiliations: Department of Preventive Care, Group Health Cooperative, Seattle, Wash (Dr Thompson); and University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver (Dr Krugman).
In this issue of THE JOURNAL, Martin et al1
report on the prevalence of physical abuse before, during, and after pregnancy
as determined from a random sample of North Carolina women (1997-1998). Women
were surveyed by mail and telephone approximately 3.6 months after they delivered
live infants. Reported physical abuse before and during pregnancy exceeded
6% and was 3.2% in the postpartum period. Abuse in an earlier period was strongly
associated with further abuse in subsequent periods. Mothers reported a mean
of 3 well-baby care visits during the first 3.6 postnatal months.
Thompson RS, Krugman R. Screening Mothers for Intimate Partner Abuse at Well-Baby Care VisitsThe Right Thing to Do. JAMA. 2001;285(12):1628-1630. doi:10.1001/jama.285.12.1628