Journal article

Two-year follow up of a cluster randomised controlled trial for women experiencing intimate partner violence: effect of screening and family doctor-delivered counselling on quality of life, mental and physical health and abuse exposure

Kelsey Hegarty, Jodie Valpied, Angela Taft, Stephanie Janne Brown, Lisa Gold, Jane Gunn, Lorna O'Doherty

BMJ Open | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2020

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: This was a 2-year follow-up study of a primary care-based counselling intervention (weave) for women experiencing intimate partner violence (IPV). We aimed to assess whether differences in depression found at 12 months (lower depression for intervention than control participants) would be sustained at 24 months and differences in quality in life, general mental and physical health and IPV would emerge. DESIGN: Cluster randomised controlled trial. Researchers blinded to allocation. Unit of randomisation: family doctors. SETTING: Fifty-two primary care clinics, Victoria, Australia. PARTICIPANTS: Baseline: 272 English-speaking, female patients (intervention n=137, doctors=35; contro..

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