Primary health care attributes and responses to intimate partner violence in Spain
García Quinto, Marta
Vives Cases, Carmen
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Objective: This study provides an overview of the perceptions of primary care professionals on how thecurrent primary health care (PHC) attributes in Spain could influence health-related responses to intimatepartner violence (IPV).Methods: A qualitative study was conducted using semi-structured interviews with 160 health profes-sionals working in 16 PHC centres in Spain. Data were analysed using a qualitative content analysis.Results: Four categories emerged from the interview analysis: those committed to the PHC approach, butwith difficulties implementing it; community work relying on voluntarism; multidisciplinary team workor professionals who work together?; and continuity of care hindered by heavy work load. Participantsfelt that person-centred care as well as other attributes of the PHC approach facilitated detecting IPV anda better response to the problem. However, they also pointed out that the current management of thehealth system (workload, weak supervision and little feedback, misdistribution of human and materialresources, etc.) does not facilitate the sustainability of such an approach.Conclusion: There is a gap between the theoretical attributes of PHC and the “reality” of how theseattributes are managed in everyday work, and how this influences IPV care.
Is part ofGaceta Sanitaria, 2017, vol. 31, núm. 3, p. 187-193
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