A Protocol Assessment Tool (PAT) was developed to assess emergency departments' (EDs'j protocols regarding treatment of patients sustaining partner violence. Using this tool, project staff members evaluated the content of written protocols submitted by ED nurse managers in California and in a national sample in 1992-1993 and in 1996-1997. The number of protocols and their overall content improved significantly in California between 1992-1993 and 1996-1997, and there was a suggestion of improvement in the national sample. Advocacy efforts influenced Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations guidelines and California laws, which in turn may have stimulated increases in the quantity and quality of protocols. The PAT permits readers to evaluate their local facility's protocols.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Gender Studies
- Sociology and Political Science