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Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 29, Issue 2, pp 215–221 | Cite as

Development of an Audit Tool to Evaluate the Documentation of Partner Abuse Assessments within a Provincial Emergency Department: An Exploratory Study

  • Miranda Ritchie
  • Katherine Nelson
  • Russell Wills
  • Lisa Jones
EXPLORATORY STUDIES

Abstract

The aim of this study was to develop a clinically valid and reliable audit tool that evaluates the assessment documentation of females presenting to the emergency department following an assault secondary to partner abuse. A 5-step process informed by a quality improvement approach was used to develop the tool and good inter-rater reliability was achieved. The tool developed has wide utility in services implementing family violence intervention in which nurses have a key role.

Keywords

Partner abuse Emergency Department Audit 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This research was supported by funding provided by the New Zealand Ministry of Health and the Hawke’s Bay Medical Research Foundation.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Miranda Ritchie
    • 1
  • Katherine Nelson
    • 2
  • Russell Wills
    • 3
  • Lisa Jones
    • 3
  1. 1.Health Networks LtdHavelock NorthNew Zealand
  2. 2.Graduate School of Nursing, Midwifery & HealthVictoria University of WellingtonWellingtonNew Zealand
  3. 3.Hawke’s Bay District Health BoardHastingsNew Zealand

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