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December 9, 2009

Screening for Intimate Partner Violence

JAMA. 2009;302(22):2434-2435. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1796

To the Editor: In their randomized controlled trial, Dr MacMillan and colleagues1 concluded that there was not sufficient evidence to support intimate partner violence (IPV) screening in health care settings. Their results suggested that IPV screening did not significantly improve the quality of life and depression scores among women who experienced IPV in Canada or significantly reduce IPV recurrence. However, the results of this study should be interpreted with caution for 2 reasons.