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Table 4 Comparison of participants’ pre- and post-intervention perceived barrier scores to identify and assist intimate partner violence (IPV) sufferers

From: Training Sri Lankan public health midwives on intimate partner violence: a pre- and post-intervention study

Variable Pre-intervention Post-intervention z-score p-value
Median IQR Median IQR
My workload is too heavy. I do not have enough time to ask about IPV 2.00 1.00–2.00 1.00 1.00–1.00 −14.76 <0.001
I am afraid I will offend the person if I ask about IPV 2.00 2.00–3.00 2.00 1.00–2.00 −10.14 <0.01
It is difficult to get the person alone to ask about violence 2.00 2.00–3.00 1.00 1.00–2.00 −14.75 <0.001
I do not have any training to identify or help those who experience IPV 5.00 3.00–5.00 1.00 1.00–1.00 −17.80 <0.001
Even though I identify IPV, there are no supportive services for sufferers 2.00 2.00–3.00 1.00 1.00–1.00 −14.76 <0.001
I don’t feel like I can help a person who is in a violent relationship 2.00 2.00–3.00 1.00 1.00–1.00 −15.29 <0.001
I am more interested in dealing with my patients’ medical problems 2.00 2.00–3.75 1.00 1.00–1.00 −15.37 <0.01
Total barrier score 2.43 2.14–3.14 1.14 1.14–1.28 −17.52 <0.001
  1. IQR: interquartile range.