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Doctor's Desk

The GSO domestic study demonstrates resounding success with the adoption of policies and procedures and education intervention at five United States (US) health systems.  The systems include Advocate Aurora Health, Baptist Health of South Florida, Hackensack Meridian Health, Northwell Health, and RWJBarnabas Health.  Due to COVID-19 and the timing of the intervention with a couple of the sites, the participation rate was affected at Hackensack Meridian (6 responses) and Northwell Health (the survey was not sent to participants by the Northwell Health contact).


There were a total of 222 survey responses with 25 declining to participate for a final of 197 participation rate of 89%.  


The preliminary findings show a statistically significant increase in:


1. After the adoption of policies and procedures, attendee confidence improved to “confident” and “very confident.”

2. After the education intervention, attendee confidence improved to “confident” and “very confident.”

3. Attendees confidence in recognition of potential victims in the health care setting improved to “confident” and “very confident.”

4. Attendees reported an increase in their confidence in providing Trauma Informed Care to potential victims.

5. Attendees reported that they are “likely” or “extremely likely” to recognize victimization instead of criminality in potential victims presenting for care.

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