VEGA Activity Update – February 2016

By Jen MacGregor

Children’s Exposure to Intimate Partner Violence (CE-IPV) Evidence Reviews:

The Evidence Review Group for CE-IPV is scheduled to meet in early June to examine the final synthesized evidence from reviews completed in two areas: interventions and identification. This meeting will employ the GRADE process (Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation) to assess the evidence and formulate the draft guidance that will be brought to a meeting of the NGIC in Fall 2016. For more information on the GRADE process, please visit here.

Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Evidence Reviews:

The reviews for IPV are in full swing. Our colleagues at the McMaster Evidence Review and Synthesis Centre (MERSC) are currently conducting full-text screening of articles for reviews in two areas: interventions and identification.

Timelines for the IPV reviews and recommendations

  • The screening, data extraction and analysis for the IPV reviews is scheduled to be complete in the summer of 2016. A meeting to undertake the GRADE process with Evidence Review Group members will be scheduled for the fall of 2016.

Child Maltreatment (CM) Evidence Reviews:

As discussed in previous posts, VEGA staff are conducting systematic reviews that address the prevention of impairment and recurrence associated with child maltreatment, as well as child welfare outcomes. These reviews are on a slightly longer timeline than the reviews for IPV and children’s exposure to IPV. This is because there is no current comprehensive review on which to build and also to coordinate efforts with the World Health Organization (WHO). The WHO is developing guidelines on health sector responses to child maltreatment. More details can be found here.

Timelines for the CM reviews and recommendations

  • Harriet MacMillan, the PreVAiL lead for the VEGA child maltreatment review group, will be co-chairing WHO meetings in 2016 related to WHO’s guideline development on health sector responses to child maltreatment and on responding to sexual abuse of children and adolescents.
  • Shortly after these meetings, VEGA’s systematic reviews related to child maltreatment will commence. It is hoped that these systematic reviews will be completed and analyzed by November 2016. At this point VEGA staff will meet with the Evidence Review Group to discuss the state of the evidence in order to begin the process of developing Canadian recommendations on appropriate healthcare and social service responses to child maltreatment.

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