Care for emergency department patients who have experienced domestic violence: a review of the evidence base.

  title={Care for emergency department patients who have experienced domestic violence: a review of the evidence base.},
  author={Philippa Olive},
  journal={Journal of clinical nursing},
  volume={16 9},
  • Philippa Olive
  • Published 1 September 2007
  • Medicine, Political Science
  • Journal of clinical nursing
AIMS A literature review was conducted to identify and evaluate the research base underpinning care for emergency department patients who have experienced domestic violence. BACKGROUND The extent of domestic violence in the general population has placed it high on health and social policy agendas. The Department of Health has recognized the role of health care professionals to identify and provide interventions for patients who have experienced domestic violence. METHOD Systematic review… 

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