An Integrated Care Model for Women Experiencing Violence: Observational Study of La Maison des Femmes in Saint-Denis, France

Temitope Akinade, VP&S Class of 2025

Name: Temitope Akinade
School: Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, Class of 2025, Varmus Global Scholar 2022
Mentor: Jocelyn Brown, MD, MPH and Ghada Hatem

Sofia Ali, VP&S Class of 2025

Name: Sofia Ali
School: Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, Class of 2025, Varmus Global Scholar 2022
Mentor: Jocelyn Brown, MD, MPH

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Violence against women (VAW) is "any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual, or psychological harm or suffering to women”.1 It includes intimate partner violence (IPV), non- partner sexual violence (NPSV), and female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), among others.2 VAW is a major global health issue – IPV and NPSV affect one-third of women worldwide.3 Some research has shown the benefits of integrated care models (“one-stop-shops”) that serve women experiencing violence.4,5 However, most research on best practices focuses on only one form of violence6,7 or lacks patient perspectives on quality of care.8 La Maison des Femmes (MDF) in Seine-Saint-Denis, France is an organization that provides multidisciplinary care to women experiencing different forms of violence.9 This study aims to understand staff and women’s perceptions of care at MDF by conducting interviews with staff and patients. Staff were recruited via email invitation, and women were approached in the MDF waiting area. All participants completed demographic questionnaires and semi-structured interviews about the care experience at MDF.A total of 7 staff and 20 patient interviews were conducted. The interviews will be transcribed and analyzed using thematic analysis. Our preliminary analysis showed that staff enjoyed the interprofessional environment but struggled with long-term patient follow-up. Women valued the multidisciplinary services and woman-centered environment but experienced delays to their initial appointment. This study will provide patient and staff perspectives on best practices for integrated care models serving women experiencing violence, informing improvements at MDF and the development of other multidisciplinary centers.


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