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May/June 2012 Annals of Family Medicine tip sheet
Date:5/14/2012

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Lebanese Women Welcome Health Care System Involvement in Addressing Domestic Violence

Even in conservative societies such as Lebanon, addressing domestic violence through the health care system may be socially acceptable and not offensive to women. Although Arab women are generally expected to balance their needs and well-being against preservation of family reputation and loyalty to one's husband, the 72 Lebanese women who participated in this qualitative study encouraged involvement of the health care system in the management of domestic violence and considered it to be a socially accepted way to break the silence. Participants described characteristics of health professionals that would be conducive to disclosure, including open-mindedness, good listening skills, a caring and unhurried demeanor and respect for confidentiality. The participants did not, however, believe the health care system alone could reduce or end domestic violence, and recommended mass media and community awareness campaigns focusing on family relationships to change knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and social norms.

Involving the Health Care System in Domestic Violence: What Women Want

By Jinan Usta, MD, MPH, et al

American University of Beirut, Lebanon

Researchers Offer Estimates of Intraclass Correlation Coefficients to Aid Practice-Based Investigators

Thompson and colleagues provide information on clustering data from more than 5,000 patients in 61 practices in eight practice-based research networks across the United States obtained from the Prescription for Health program sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Fund. The details of these intraclass correlation coefficients across multiple patient characteristics, practices and networks will be of use to practice-based researchers in planning studies to ensure adequate statistical power.

Intraclass Correlation Coefficients Typical of Cluster-R
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