Mandating physical

Family physicians who are involved in the care of children are likely to encounter child abuse and should be able to recognize its common presentations.A history that is inconsistent with the patient's injuries is the hallmark of physical abuse.Oregon state law, however, mandates that workers in certain professions must make reports if they have reasonable cause to suspect abuse or neglect.



The history of a child suspected to be abused should be elicited in a nonaccusatory manner.Children are commonly injured accidentally, and a history of age-appropriate injury, not witnessed, should not by itself raise the suspicion of child abuse.


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