Labour and delivery nurses' perceptions of barriers to assessing for pregnancy abuse
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AbstractA psychometrically sound tool, Barriers to Abuse Assessment Tool (BAA I), was developed that identifies labour and delivery nurses' (LDN) perceptions of barriers to assessment. The primary purpose of this study was to explore relationships between LDNs characteristics and perceptions of barriers with their abuse assessment practices. The researcher found that not all of the factors identified as potential barriers to abuse assessment were associated with LDNs abuse assessment practices. However, the researcher revealed important factors that influence LDN abuse assessment. Fear of partner retaliation, ethical, personal, and knowledge barriers are statistically associated with LDNs' frequency of abuse assessment. LDNs recognize that abuse assessment is in the domain of their practice. However, the same LDNs are selective when assessing for abuse. LDNs need to be empowered to assess for abuse. In order for LDNs to be empowered, changes are needed in education, policy, and health care institutions to overcome these barriers.
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