Table 1

The items relating to abuse in health care used in the Bidens cohort study
The following questions deal with abuse in the health care system. We ask you to mark whether you have experienced any of the following events; as a child or as an adult. If you answer yes to any of the questions we conclude – in this study – that you have been subject to abuse in the healthcare system
(defined as mild abuse) Have you ever felt offended or grossly degraded while visiting health services, felt that someone put pressure on you or did not show respect for your opinion – in such a way that you were later disturbed by or suffered from the experience?
(defined as moderate abuse) Have you ever experienced that a“normal” event while visiting health services suddenly became a really terribly unpleasant experience, without you fully knowing how this could happen?
(defined as severe abuse) Have you experienced anybody in the health services purposely – as you understood it – hurting you physically or mentally, grossly violating you or using your body or your dependent relationship for his/her own purpose?
Answer alternatives for all items:
1 = No 2 = Yes, as a child (younger than 18)
3 = Yes, as an adult (18 or older) 4 = Yes, both as child and adult
How much are you suffering now from the consequences of the abuse in health services you have experienced? answer by marking the number that best corresponds to how much you are suffering now
Don’t suffer at all Suffer terribly
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

These items were used to select participants for the present study. However, the level of severity was not given in the original questionnaire.

Schroll et al.

Schroll et al. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:74   doi:10.1186/1471-2393-13-74

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