New research from Swansea University has indicated that linking police and healthcare data could help to identify vulnerable individuals, as well as reduce police callouts and future emergency medical admissions. The study found that many victims of domestic abuse often visit accident and emergency departments before police intervention, highlighting the crucial role healthcare professionals can play in identifying and helping those experiencing abuse. The research combined data from police with data from GPs and A&E hospital admissions, using decision tree analysis to identify risk factors for negative outcomes such as hospital and A&E admissions or death within 12 months of the PPN. Of the 8,709 individuals who experienced domestic abuse, 71.8% were women, with 3,544 victims experiencing negative outcomes within a year and 48 deaths.
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