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NCJ Number: 156454 Find in a Library
Title: Impact of Patient History on Residents' Evaluation of Child Sexual Abuse
Journal: Child Abuse and Neglect  Volume:19  Issue:8  Dated:(August 1995)  Pages:943-951
Author(s): C S Ashworth; C A Fargason Jr; K Fountain; G Cutter; R Centor
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 9
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes an attempt to determine if historical information influences residents' interpretation of physical findings in sexually abused children.
Abstract: In a pediatric residency training program, all residents viewed 15 slides of children's genitalia (eight normal, seven abnormal) with either a history specific for sexual abuse or one which was nonspecific. Three weeks later the same slides were viewed but with the alternate history scenario. The residents were asked if the physical findings were specific for sexual abuse. Sixty-four percent of residents completed both surveys. Correct response rate did not vary by gender or year of training. Responses were most often correct when the slide and history were normal. Responses were least accurate when normal historical information was presented with abnormal slides. A logistic regression model demonstrated that residents were less accurate when history and physical data did not agree. Reexamination of the data using areas under the Receiver Operating Characteristic (ROC) curve confirmed that residents performed on a less accurate ROC curve when the slide and history were incongruent. The authors conclude that incongruence between patient history and physical exam findings negatively affected this group of residents' ability to discriminate between abuse and nonabuse findings. Tables, references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Abused children; Analysis; Attitude measurement; Child abuse detection; Child Sexual Abuse; Questionnaires; Statistics; Surveys; Testing and measurement; Victims of Crime
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