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The JAMA Forum
September 15, 2015

Finding What Works to Reduce Violence Against Women

Author Affiliations
  • 1Aaron E. Carroll is a health services researcher and the Vice Chair for Health Policy and Outcomes Research in the Department of Pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine. He blogs about health policy at The Incidental Economist (http://theincidentaleconomist.com/) and tweets at @aaronecarroll
JAMA. 2015;314(11):1105-1106. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.11233

A recent issue of JAMA highlights 2 studies that examined how physicians might treat or help prevent violence against women. If one only glanced at the results, they might seem like bad news. But a further reading should provide us with optimism about how we might address this difficult issue through the health care system.

One study was a research letter that looked at 3-year follow-up of a randomized trial of screening for partner violence (http://bit.ly/1J3XC1j). The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends universal screening of women of reproductive age (http://1.usa.gov/1J3XZce), but others have argued that there’s little evidence that doing so has much of an effect (http://bit.ly/1USZlvI).

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