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'One of the most important subjects for a healthcare worker': Cross-sectional student evaluation of family violence best practice response curriculum
journal contributionposted on 10.01.2022, 22:09 authored by Jessica IsonJessica Ison, Leesa HookerLeesa Hooker, Molly Allen, Michelle NewtonMichelle Newton, Angela TaftAngela Taft
Family violence can impact the health and wellbeing of victim-survivors. Nurses and other healthcare providers are well placed to respond to family violence, yet evidence shows that nurses have limited knowledge of family violence and students are unprepared for this work. The objective of this study was to evaluate a pilot of the subject Family Violence Best Practice Response for undergraduate nurses and other healthcare students at an Australian university. The study used a cross-sectional pre-post-test design. Survey instruments included a modified version of the Physician Readiness to Manage Intimate Partner Violence Survey (PREMIS) tool and the World Health Organization Curriculum evaluation tools. Sixty-four students enrolled in the pilot. Participants made significant improvements in their feelings of preparedness to complete family violence work and in their perceived knowledge across a range of clinical practices and knowledge domains. Qualitative data showed students enjoyed the subject and gained valuable knowledge of how to enquire and validate disclosures. Healthcare professionals should receive training and be ready and able to identify and sensitively respond to victim-survivors of family violence when they enter the workforce.