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Gaceta Sanitaria

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MUSLERA-CANCLINI, Elvira; NATAL, Carmen; GARCIA, Vicente  and  FERNANDEZ-MUNOZ, Paloma. Description of registration of episodes of gender violence in medical records in the Principality of Asturias, Spain. Gac Sanit [online]. 2009, vol.23, n.6, pp.558-561. ISSN 0213-9111.

Objective: To describe how episodes of gender violence notified to the Registro de Atención Sanitaria en Violencia contra las Mujeres del Principado de Asturias (VIMPA) are registered in the clinical records of a health area of this geographical region. Methods: We performed a cross-sectional, descriptive study in a sample of cases collected in the VIMPA Registry in 2005 and 2006. The variables analyzed were the way in which the episode of gender violence was coded and registered, the presence of antecedents, and the diagnostic agreement among documents. Results: A total of 51.7% of primary care patients were attended in a center with access to their medical records. A specific International Classification of Primary Care-2 (World Organisation of National Colleges and Academics) code of abuse was used in only 15.1%, while a written diagnosis was used in all cases in specialized care. Conclusion: Episodes of gender violences were identified differently in distinct clinical documents. Our results point to the need for specific registries that would aid the combined use of distinct information sources.

Keywords : Gender violence; Medical registries; VIMPA.

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