This pilot project developed and introduced a screening protocol and an accompanying guide to detecting conjugal violence for use in CLSCs in Quebec. Implementation of the protocol involved developing new attitudes among both managers and professionals who were involved in primary care, as well as training these groups in recognizing conjugal abuse. Evaluations indicated a high rate of use of the protocol, but a study of legal and ethical issues arising from its use remains to be done. Originally, 80 CLSCs were targeted, but in the end all 154 CLSCs in the province expressed interest in implementing the protocol. The authors suggest that the professional associations of the various categories of health workers should be involved in implementing the protocol.
This project was supported by the Health Transition Fund, which was created in 1997 to provide support for evidence-based decision-making in health care reform by supporting pilot and evaluation projects which test innovative approaches to health care delivery. The views expressed herein do no necessarily represent the official policy of federal, provincial, or territorial governments.