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NCJ Number: 165910 Find in a Library
Title: Medical Diagnosis and Management of Abuse and Neglect
Journal: Virginia Child Protection Newsletter  Volume:45  Dated:(Summer 1995)  Pages:1,3-7,14-16
Editor(s): J Grayson
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 9
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Child abuse medical specialists stress that all medical providers should work together to assist families with child abuse and neglect problems and that other investigation, prosecution, treatment, and prevention professionals should appreciate the role of the medical team.
Abstract: A multidisciplinary approach to child abuse and neglect is recommended that considers the importance of medical management. Failure to appreciate the limitations of medical tests may cause a prosecutor to assume a finding rules out abuse when that finding instead is merely inconclusive. In addition, failure to appreciate follow medical needs can compromise healing and recovery if parents or foster parents are not consistent in following through with rehabilitation. Barriers to medical research on child abuse are noted, and the importance of better documentation of the medical needs of abused children is emphasized. Medical management procedures are described for abusive head injuries, burns, skin and soft tissue injuries, fractures, abdominal injuries, poisoning, Munchausen syndrome by proxy, sexual abuse, and serious and fatal neglect.
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Abused children; Child abuse treatment; Child victims; Juvenile dependency and neglect; Juvenile health services
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