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Should medical curricula include greater training on the detection and reporting of child abuse?


Gastroenterology & Hepatology: Open Access
Athena Ivanoff, Orien L Tulp

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Abstract

Reports of child abuse and neglect are increasing in prevalence globally. This increase has been observed in the United States and worldwide and is believed that many cases of child abuse and neglect go undetected and unreported in the USA and abroad. Practicing physicians and their supporting medical professional staff including nurses, medical assistants, and mid-level providers are in a pivotal position to assess, document, initiate and report suspected child abuse and neglect (SCAN) during initial physical assessments, where the suspected injuries may easily be documented during such physical examinations.

Keywords

child abuse and neglect, anatomy, physiology, pathology, physical diagnosis, gynecology, psychiatry, pediatrics

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