Preparedness to care for victims of violence and their families in emergency departments
2013 (English)In: Emergency Medicine Journal, ISSN 1472-0205, E-ISSN 1472-0213, Vol. 30, no 3, 198-201 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Objective To describe the preparedness to provide care for victims of violence and their families in emergency departments (EDs) in Sweden. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanMethods A web-based questionnaire was sent to all hospital EDs in Sweden (N=66). less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanResults A total of 46 out of 66 (70%) heads of EDs completed the questionnaire. The results show that most of the EDs are prepared to care for women and children who are victims of violence. However, there seems to be a lack of preparedness to care for other groups of patients, such as victimised men. Very few EDs have routines to identify victims of violence among patients. Results also indicate that nurses play a key role in the care for victims of violence; however, family members are rarely included in care. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanConclusions A lack of general preparedness in EDs to care for all victims of violence, regardless of gender and age, can lead to many patients not receiving appropriate care and treatment. To correct this there is a need to implement guidelines and routines about the care for victims of violence. Further research can shed more light on which measures are needed to improve quality of care for these patients and their families.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
BMJ Publishing Group , 2013. Vol. 30, no 3, 198-201 p.
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-90067DOI: 10.1136/emermed-2012-201127ISI: 000314922100018OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-90067DiVA: diva2:612440
Funding Agencies|Linnaeus University||2013-03-212013-03-192013-03-21