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Evidence-Based Resource Summary

Strength of Evidence: 
4 out of 4
4 out of 4
Year Published: 
2018

Screening for Intimate Partner Violence, Elder Abuse, and Abuse of Vulnerable Adults

Description of Resource: 
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that clinicians screen all women of reproductive age for intimate partner violence and provide or refer those who screen positive to ongoing support services that provide a range of emotional, social, and behavioral support. This is a B recommendation, which means the USPSTF recommends the service. There is high certainty that the net benefit is moderate or there is moderate certainty that the net benefit is moderate to substantial. The USPSTF also concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for elder abuse or abuse of vulnerable adults among those without any recognized signs or symptoms of abuse; this is an I statement, which means evidence is lacking, of poor quality, or conflicting, and the balance of benefits and harms cannot be determined.

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Developed By: 
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
Developer Type: 
Federal Government
Healthy People 2020 Topic Area(s): 
Injury and Violence Prevention
Healthy People 2020 Objectives: 
Resource Type: 
Systematic Review
Citation: 
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Intimate Partner Violence, Elder Abuse, and Abuse of Vulnerable Adults: Screening [Internet]. 2018 Oct [cited 2018 Oct 23]. Available from: https://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/Page/Document/UpdateSummaryFinal/intimate-partner-violence-and-abuse-of-elderly-and-vulnerable-adults-screening1