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Paramedic Students' Knowledge, Attitudes, and Preparedness to Manage Intimate Partner Violence Patients

Sawyer, S, Coles, J, Williams, A, Lucas, P ORCID: 0000-0001-6949-9207 and Williams, B 2017 , 'Paramedic Students' Knowledge, Attitudes, and Preparedness to Manage Intimate Partner Violence Patients' , Prehospital Emergency Care, vol. 21, no. 6 , pp. 750-75 , doi:

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Background: Intimate partner violence (IPV) refers to abusetranspiring between people in an intimate relationship. Intimatepartner violence is a leading cause of morbidity andmortality for women that paramedics frequently reportencountering and yet paramedics rarely receive formal educationor training to manage. The response of paramedicsto IPV is likely to be directed by their individual knowledge,attitudes, and preparedness; all of which are currentlyunknown. This study aimed to measure paramedicstudents’ knowledge, attitudes, and preparedness to manageIPV patients, and provides baseline data to inform the developmentof contemporary curricula. Methods: We surveyeda cohort of paramedic students from two Australian universitiesusing the Modified Physician REadiness to ManageIntimate partner violence Survey (PREMIS). Internal consistencyof previously identified scales was calculated and multiplelinear regression was used to measure the associationbetween previous training, knowledge, attitudes, and preparation.Results: We received 260 surveys (80.5% responserate). Results show that actual knowledge, perceived knowledge,and preparedness to manage IPV patients were low.Students with previous training reported higher perceivedknowledge (p

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Sawyer, S and Coles, J and Williams, A and Lucas, P and Williams, B
Keywords: Intimate partner violence, paramedic, emergency medicine, medical education
Journal or Publication Title: Prehospital Emergency Care
Publisher: Informa Healthcare
ISSN: 1090-3127
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