Methods for estimating medical expenditures attributable to intimate partner violence.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

This article compares three methods for estimating the medical cost burden of intimate partner violence against U.S. adult women (18 years and older), 1 year postvictimization. To compute the estimates, prevalence data from the National Violence Against Women Survey are combined with cost data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, the Medicare 5% sample, and published studies and with relative risk estimates from published studies. Results are compared and reasons for difference are explored, including the advantages and disadvantages of each approach. Estimates of the medical cost burden of intimate partner violence within the first 12 months after victimization range from USD 2.3 billion to USD 7.0 billion, depending on the method used. Although limited to women victimized in the last year, each method reveals that intimate partner violence imposes a substantial burden on the health care system. Among the approaches, there is no clear gold standard nor any evidence of bias.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Brown, DS; Finkelstein, EA; Mercy, JA

Published Date

  • December 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 23 / 12

Start / End Page

  • 1747 - 1766

PubMed ID

  • 18314507

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1552-6518

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0886-2605

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/0886260508314338


  • eng