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Descriptive analysis of the adherence to the acute care protocol for adult female sexual abuse patients seen at the OB admitting in a tertiary public hospital in the Philippines

Pamela Grace V. Valera, MD and Joanne Karen S. Aguinaldo, MD, FPOGS, FPSURPS
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Philippine General Hospital, University of the Philippines-Manila

Background: There has been an increasing trend in reported sexual abuse patients in the Philippines in the past 20 years. Patient evaluation is critical from health care providers and it is imperative to have an acute care protocol that heath care providers can use in managing these patients.

Objective: To assess the adherence to the acute care protocol as applied to adult female sexual abuse patients who consulted at the Philippine General Hospital OB Admitting Section from March to August 2019

Methods: The study design used was an observational, cross-sectional study via descriptive analysis using a designed questionnaire. Relevant data regarding compliance to the acute care protocol was assessed from patient experience via the questionnaire after undergoing the standard services of the hospital. Data was then documented, tabulated and processed via Microsoft Excel data sheets.

Results: In terms of patient perspective, 96.2 % of all cases (n=27) were provided service by OBGYNs and psychiatrists and 100% were assessed by social workers. Although stated in the protocol, legal and/or police assistance was not provided by the hospital during patient consult.

Conclusion: The institution was able to adhere to the acute care protocol services of patients in terms of obstetric and gynecologic, psychiatric and social worker services but not legal and/or police assistance.