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Commentary
March 28, 2001

Screening Mothers for Intimate Partner Abuse at Well-Baby Care VisitsThe Right Thing to Do

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Preventive Care, Group Health Cooperative, Seattle, Wash (Dr Thompson); and University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver (Dr Krugman).

JAMA. 2001;285(12):1628-1630. doi:10.1001/jama.285.12.1628

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.

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