The impact of intimate partner violence on forgone healthcare: a population-based, multicentre European study

Costa, D., Hatzidimitriadou, E., Ioannidi-Kapolou, E., Lindert, J., Soares, J., Sundin, O., Toth, O. and Barros, H. (2018) The impact of intimate partner violence on forgone healthcare: a population-based, multicentre European study. The European Journal of Public Health. ISSN 1101-1262.

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Abstract

Background: To examine the relationship between forgone healthcare and involvement in intimate partner violence (IPV) as victims, perpetrators or both.

Methods:This cross-sectional multicentre study assessed community non-institutionalized residents (n = 3496, aged 18–64) randomly selected from six European cities: Athens, Budapest, London, Östersund, Porto, Stuttgart. A common questionnaire was used, including self-reports of IPV and forgone healthcare (‘Have you been in need of a certain care service in the past year, but did not seek any help?’). Odds ratios (ORs), 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were computed fitting logistic regression models adjusted for city, chronic disease, self-assessed health status and financial strain.

Results: Participants experiencing past year IPV (vs. no violence) reported more often to forgone healthcare (n = 3279, 18.6% vs. 15.3%, P = 0.016). IPV experienced as both a victim and perpetrator was associated with forgone healthcare (adjusted OR, 95%CI: 1.32, 1.02–1.70).

Conclusion: IPV was associated with forgone healthcare, particularly for those experiencing violence as both victims and perpetrators. Results suggest that preventing IPV among adults may improve timely healthcare uptake.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Health and Wellbeing
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Depositing User: Prof Eleni Hatzidimitriadou
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2018 09:24
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2018 12:30
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/17572

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