Detecting ongoing intimate partner violence in the emergency department using a simple 4-question screen: the OVAT.

@article{Ernst2004DetectingOI,
  title={Detecting ongoing intimate partner violence in the emergency department using a simple 4-question screen: the OVAT.},
  author={Amy A. Ernst and Steven Weiss and Elaine Cham and Louise Hall and Todd G. Nick},
  journal={Violence and victims},
  year={2004},
  volume={19 3},
  pages={375-84}
}
We wanted to prospectively evaluate the use of a brief screening tool for ongoing intimate partner violence (IPV), the OVAT, and to validate this tool against the present Index of Spouse Abuse (ISA). The design was a prospective survey during randomized 4-hour shifts in an urban emergency department setting. The scale consists of four questions developed based on our previous work. The ISA was compared as the gold standard for detection of present (ongoing) IPV. Of 362 eligible patients… CONTINUE READING

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