Family Violence Curricula in Europe (FAVICUE): A cross-sectional descriptive study protocol

Raquel Gomez Bravo, Charilaos Lygidakis, Gene Feder, Robert A P Reuter , Claus Vogele

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Introduction: Family violence (FV) is a widespread public health problem of epidemic proportions and serious consequences. Doctors may be the first or only point of contact for victims who may be hesitant or unable to seek other sources of assistance, and they tend not to disclose abuse to doctors if not specifically asked. A comprehensive health care response is key to a coordinated community-wide approach to FV, but most of the practicing physicians have received either no or insufficient education or training in any aspect of FV. Training of medical students concerning FV is often delivered in an inconsistent or ad hoc manner.

The main aim of this project, Family Violence Curricula in Europe (FAVICUE), is to (1) describe current FV education delivery in European medical universities (undergraduate period) and during the specialist training in General Practice (GP)/Family Medicine (FM) (postgraduate residency programme), and (2) compare it with the World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations for FV curriculum.

Methods and analysis: This is the protocol of a cross-sectional descriptive study consisting of two self-report online surveys (for undergraduate and postgraduate training, respectively) with 40 questions each. For both surveys, general practitioners, residents, medical students and professionals involved in their education from countries of the European region will be identified through the European Regional Branch of the World Organization of National Colleges, Academies and Academic Associations of General Practitioners/Family Physicians (WONCA Europe) and will be invited to provide information regarding the training on FV. Descriptive tests will be carried out and a thematic analysis will be conducted on the open-ended questions.

Ethics and dissemination: Ethics approval has been obtained by the University of Luxembourg (ERP 17-015 FAVICUE). The results will provide important information concerning current curricula on FV, and can be used for mapping the educational needs and planning the implementation of future training interventions. They will be published and disseminated through WONCA Europe and its networks.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere024519
Number of pages6
JournalBMJ Open
Issue number2
Early online date5 Feb 2019
Publication statusPublished - 5 Feb 2019


  • Medical Education
  • Family Violence
  • Curriculum
  • General Practice
  • Family Practice


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