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Researchers recommend increased physician awareness to reduce injuries and neglect in children
Date:2/19/2009

and other care providers can provide supervision guidelines, recommend parenting services and consider making reports to social services or family support agencies if inadequate supervision is suspected," Schnitzer said. "Regardless of the number of injuries, physicians who have concerns about a child's safety or suspect his/her injuries are related to physical abuse or neglect should immediately make a report to CPS."

Currently, it can be difficult for physicians to obtain information about prior ED visits, Schnitzer said. The researchers believe that the implementation of electronic medical records and other advanced technology will enable physicians and care providers to better identify frequent injury-related ED visits and other risk factors for injury and maltreatment in children.


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