Responding to sexual assault victims' medical and emotional needs: a national study of the services provided by SANE programs

Res Nurs Health. 2006 Oct;29(5):384-98. doi: 10.1002/nur.20137.


We measured the consistency with which a national random sample of 110 Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) programs provided 17 services to sexual assault victims. SANE programs consistently offered forensic evidence collection, sexually transmitted infection (STI) prophylaxis, information on HIV, information on pregnancy risk, and referrals to community resources. Reasons programs did not routinely offer particular services (e.g., STI cultures, HIV testing/prophylaxis, emergency contraception (EC)) included financial constraints, difficulties balancing medical care with legal prosecution, and affiliations with Catholic hospitals.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Emergency Nursing / organization & administration*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Nurses / psychology
  • Rape / psychology*
  • United States
  • Women's Health Services / organization & administration*