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Family violence -- Treatment, Medical personnel -- Training of, Medical personnel -- Attitudes, Medical education


A few studies have evaluated continuing medical education programs on domestic violence, but they have generally used convenience samples and have not provided information regarding their recruitment strategies or the proportion of eligible providers that attended the interventions. (Davis, Kaups, Campbell, & Parks, 2000; Haney, Kachur, & Zabar, 2003; McCauley, Jenckes, & McNutt, 2003) In one study that did provide such information, investigators faxed invitations to 1887 physicians, of which only 121 (6%) responded that they were interested despite a $50-$100 incentive to participate in a short on-line program with free Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits (Harris, Kutob, Surprenant, Maiuro, & Delate, 2002). We attempted to recruit healthcare workers from all primary care practices in Washington County, Oregon to attend a DV training program. This paper uses our experience to demonstrate the challenges and successes of different strategies and make recommendations for future recruitment efforts.


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