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Screening for intimate partner violence, elder abuse, and abuse of vulnerable adults

from JAMA

Routine screening of people without signs or symptoms of abuse could identify abuse not otherwise disclosed and provide opportunities for intervention that may reduce future abuse as well as short- and long-term adverse health consequences. In 2013, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended screening women of childbearing age for IPV but concluded that the evidence was insufficient for older or vulnerable adults. To inform an updated recommendation, the evidence on the benefits and harms of screening asymptomatic adults for IPV, elder abuse, and abuse of vulnerable adults in populations and settings relevant to U.S. primary care was reviewed. more

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