Battered women presenting in general practice

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Abstract

The problems of battered women have recently been highlighted. They consult doctors, who can be an important source of help. We examined their initial presenting complaint to general practitioners. Questionnaires were sent to 27 London refuges for battered women and to 100 randomly selected general practitioners. Seventy-two women and 49 doctors replied. The results indicated that these women are more likely to present with psychological symptoms. Many cases are not detected because the battering is concealed. The attitude of doctors may prevent these patients discussing their real problems. Further studies are needed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)506-507
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the Royal College of General Practitioners
Volume33
Publication statusPublished - 1983

Keywords

  • questionnaire survey
  • domestic violence
  • battered women
  • general practice

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