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Ask all women about abuse, says task force from MedlinePlus, 6/12/12

Tuesday, June 19, 2012


The article reports, “A government-backed panel on Tuesday recommended doctors ask their female patients about domestic violence they are currently experiencing or may have faced in the past. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an expert group that sets screening guidelines, said there is “adequate” evidence that asking about partner violence — and referring women who need it to counseling services — can reduce their mental and physical harm related to the abuse. The guideline statement, which is still in draft form and available online for public comment, is based on a summary of the evidence for and against screening conducted by Oregon researchers for the task force and published last month.”

Read the full article at: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_126207.html