Intimate Partner Violence Screening and Counseling: An Introductory Session for Health Care Professionals

Date of Review: October, 2018

This resource, from MedEdPORTAL, provides a one-session module that can be included in a clinical skills course or other small-group teaching session focused on screening for and counseling patients who are experiencing Intimate Partner Violence (IPV). The curriculum includes standardized checklists that help the students address intimate partner violence with their patients, which would be effective in helping students remember and use the skills in the real world. The curriculum provides students with real-life resources in the community to use when they encounter a patient experiencing intimate partner violence. Learners performed well in a time-delayed OSCE station assessing IPV screening and counseling (OSCE included). The brief module could be easily incorporated into a clinical skills curriculum, primary care clerkship, or residency training program. The authors note that the module is appropriate to a variety of learners; in the publication, second year medical students were the target audience. Additionally, the curriculum assessed learners in a simulated setting, so it is not known how well the students were able to use these skills with patients in the clinical setting. — Brigid Dolan, MD, MEd, NCEAS and Sarah Hale, MD, NCEAS

Corresponding Author’s Email:


Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Where Was the Curriculum Implemented?

Providence, RI

Source of the Curriculum/Resource:


Clinical Specialty:

Emergency medicine, family and community medicine, internal medicine, OBGYN/Womens Health

Outcomes that Have Been Reported for the Curriculum:

Learner satisfaction or reaction and measured learner behavior in simulated setting

Outcome and Study Design:

Post only

Level of Learner Assessment:

Appreciation of content/attitude assessment (self-reflection blogging with rubric) and Demonstration of skill in a controlled environment (OSCE, Simulation)

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