Emergency clinicians’ perceived self-efficacy in the care of intoxicated women victims of violence

Amy Jessica Marshall, Tim Schultz, Charlotte Francis de Crespigny

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Background: Previous research has identified perceived self-efficacy to be a vital component of clinicians’ positive attitudes towards caring for intoxicated patients and women who have been assaulted. To date, little is known about the perceived self-efficacy and influences among emergency clinicians towards intoxicated women victims of violence. Method: Using mixed methods, 179 emergency clinicians were surveyed and 22 emergency clinicians were interviewed in South Australia about their education/training, their awareness and use of best practice guidelines and tools, and their perceived self-efficacy toward treating intoxicated women victims of violence. Findings: There were statistically significant relationships between use of best practice tools (n = 32) and knowledge (χ2 = 6.52; p =.02) and confidence (χ2 = 6.52; p =.02) treating women victims of violence. There were also statistically significant relationships between previous alcohol and other drug education/training and knowledge (n = 43), skills and confidence treating both intoxicated patients (χ2 = 7.85; p =.01) and women victims of violence (χ2 = 11.63; p <.01). The interviews identified four themes about confidence, knowledge and use of research evidence, education and training, and resources. Conclusion: Emergency clinicians reported low levels of perceived self-efficacy, and infrequent use of guidelines and tools to support the care of intoxicated women victims of violence. Participants wanted more knowledge and education/training in caring for intoxicated women who have been assaulted, as they felt lacking in these skills.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-22
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Emergency Nursing
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Alcohol intoxication
  • Domestic violence
  • Education and training
  • Emergency
  • Guidelines
  • Self efficacy
  • Sexual assault
  • Women


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