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Doctoral Paper

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Committee Chair

Robertson, Sara

Committee Member

Galloway, Lynette

Author's Keywords

domestic violence; intimate partner violence; screening


Domestic violence has been deemed a direct invasion and violation of human rights by the World Health Organization (2021). Due to the continuous rise in cases of domestic violence, national organizations like the United States Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) have recommended that healthcare providers screen patients for this abuse. The purpose of this study was to reinforce the current screening procedure and protocol to ensure that each patient was screened for domestic violence before being discharged from the hospital. This study evaluated a quality improvement project formed to promote the completion of a preexisting domestic violence screening form that can provide resources to the survivors. A Plan-Do-Study-Act approach was implemented to analyze research and provide education to nurses on how to properly screen patients for domestic violence and why it should be completed before discharge. After the completion of the educational intervention, six weeks of post-intervention data were analyzed using descriptive statistics.

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