Patricia Hindin, CNM, MSN, is in the dissertation phase of doctoral studies at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois, and an instructor at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, School of Nursing, Newark, New Jersey.
Intimate Partner Violence Screening Practices of Certified Nurse-Midwives
Article first published online: 24 DEC 2010
2006 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health
Volume 51, Issue 3, pages 216–221, May-June 2006
How to Cite
Hindin, P. K. (2006), Intimate Partner Violence Screening Practices of Certified Nurse-Midwives. Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health, 51: 216–221. doi: 10.1016/j.jmwh.2005.10.001
- Issue published online: 24 DEC 2010
- Article first published online: 24 DEC 2010
- intimate partner violence;
- universal screening;
- cultural competency
It is estimated that 324,000 pregnant women are abused by their partners in the United States each year. The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore the intimate partner violence-screening practices of certified nurse-midwives (CNMs). In-depth interviews were conducted with a sample (n = 8) of CNMs, and the data were analyzed by using with-case and across-case methods. The findings demonstrate that the midwives were inconsistent in their intimate partner violence-screening practice during pregnancy and increase or decrease screening in response to a woman's cultural background. Screening in a culturally competent manner is expected of all clinicians, but the demands of an increasingly complex, culturally diverse practice environment make it difficult. Consistent intimate partner abuse screening in a culturally competent manner is a challenge for all primary care providers.