Child Abuse

Feb 1, 2018 Issue
Childhood Bullying: Implications for Physicians [Article]

Childhood bullying can lead to lasting effects for both the victim and the bully. Bully-victims (victims who reactively bully others) are at particularly high risk. Family physicians can make a difference by screening early for bullying, recognizing signs of bullying, and supporting patients and their families.

Aug 15, 2014 Issue
Primary Care Interventions to Prevent Child Maltreatment [Putting Prevention into Practice]

A young couple comes to your clinic with their adopted four-year-old daughter for her annual well-child visit. On physical examination, the patient appears to be well developed and well nourished, and measures in the 75th percentile for her height and weight.

Aug 15, 2014 Issue
Primary Care Interventions to Prevent Child Maltreatment: Recommendation Statement [U.S. Preventive Services Task Force]

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of primary care interventions to prevent child maltreatment. This recommendation applies to children who do not have signs or symptoms of maltreatment.

May 15, 2014 Issue
AAP Releases Report on the Evaluation of Children When Sexual Abuse Is Suspected [Practice Guidelines]

Childhood sexual abuse is common and can lead to lifelong physical and psychological problems. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released a report to assist physicians in evaluating children who may have been sexually abused, determining when to report the case, and counseling families.

Nov 15, 2013 Issue
Diagnosis and Management of Physical Abuse in Children [Article]

Child abuse is the third leading cause of death in children between one and four years of age, and almost 20% of child homicide victims have contact with a health care professional within a month of their death. Therefore, family physicians are in an ideal position to detect and intervene in cases o...

Sep 1, 2013 Issue
Undetected Childhood Sexual Trauma and Its Health Effects in Adults [Curbside Consultation]

It is essential for physicians to understand the relevance of childhood sexual trauma to adult medical conditions. Recognizing this connection can help physicians begin to manage the resulting damage. Exposure to childhood sexual trauma is highly prevalent in the United States, but is vastly underreported.

May 15, 2008 Issue
AAP Guidelines on Evaluating Suspected Child Physical Abuse [Practice Guidelines]

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released guidelines on evaluating suspected child physical abuse. The role of the physician includes preventing child abuse and detecting and treating victims of child physical abuse when it occurs.

Jan 1, 2008 Issue
AAP Recommendations on Munchausen by Proxy [Practice Guidelines]

Munchausen syndrome by proxy is a form of child abuse involving both physical abuse and medical neglect. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has identified factors that may help physicians recognize this form of child abuse and has provided recommendations on when to report a case to their state child protective services agency.

Jan 15, 2007 Issue
Child Abuse: Approach and Management [Article]

Child abuse is a common diagnosis in the United States and should be considered any time neglect or emotional, physical, or sexual abuse is a possibility. Although home visitation programs have been effective in preventing child maltreatment, much of the approach to and management of child abuse is ...

Jun 15, 2006 Issue
Failure to Thrive as a Manifestation of Child Neglect [Practice Guidelines]

Failure to thrive in infants and children may develop as a result of neglect, and in its extreme form it may result in death. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has published a clinical report guiding the assessment, management, and support of children with failure to thrive as a manifestation of child neglect.

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