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Comment & Response
September 17, 2019

Incorporating Intimate Partner Violence Interventions in Nurse Home Visitation Programs

Author Affiliations
  • 1Judith Lumley Centre, School of Nursing and Midwifery, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Australia
JAMA. 2019;322(11):1103. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.10598

To the Editor Early intervention in health settings is urgently needed to address intimate partner violence (IPV),1 yet little evidence of effective IPV nursing interventions exists globally. The clinical trial by Dr Jack and colleagues2 aimed to improve the quality of life of disadvantaged pregnant and postpartum women by augmenting an existing nurse home visiting program with an IPV intervention. Quality of life improved with both the augmented and the standard programs, but there was no statistically significant difference between groups. In response to the article2 and the accompanying Editor’s Note3 concluding that the intervention was unsuccessful, we wish to pose an additional interpretation and conclusion.