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Routinely asking women about domestic violence

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 04 December 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1345

Seeking the causes of disease, not routine inquiry, is good practice

  1. Fiona Duxbury, general practitioner (
  1. Blackbird Leys Heath Centre, Oxford OX4 6HL

    EDITOR—We fail to detect partner abuse because we do not ask.12Inability to accurately diagnose partner abuse prevents screening criteria being met. Taket et al propose routine inquiry to improve detection. However, one of these authors showed how difficult asking about partner abuse is. Exhortation to ask routinely will not …

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