Quality of care for intimate partner violence in South African primary care : a qualitative study
CITATION: Joyner, K. & Mash, B. Quality of care for intimate partner violence in South African primary care : a qualitative study. Violence and Victims, 29(4):652-69.
The original publication is available at http://www.springerpub.com/violence-and-victims.html
Intimate partner violence (IPV) makes a substantial contribution to the burden of disease in South Africa. This article explores the current quality of care for IPV in public sector primary care facilities within the Western Cape. Only 10% of women attending primary care, while suffering from IPV, were recognized. Case studies, based on in-depth interviews and medical records, were used to reflect on the quality of care received among the women who were recognized. Care tended to be superficial, fragmented, poorly coordinated, and lacking in continuity. The recognition, management, and appropriate documentation of IPV should be prioritized within the training of primary care providers. It may be necessary to appoint IPV champions within primary care to ensure comprehensive care for survivors of IPV.
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