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Suspicions of Child Abuse or Neglect Must Be Reported

By Lisa Guetzko, MD, HealthPartners Central Minnesota Clinic

LisaGuetzkoDiagnosing and reporting suspected child abuse or neglect is one of the greatest challenges a pediatrician must face. Besides the obvious primary concern for the child’s welfare, there are numerous other considerations that can affect our decisions about whether or not to file a child protection report. Time constraints, diagnostic uncertainty, logistical barriers, lack of knowledge about proper reporting protocol, and fear of alienating the patient’s family or losing them to follow up may all play a role in the clinician’s decision. Although we are all aware that we are mandated reporters, it is often unclear exactly when, why, and how to report a suspicion of child abuse.

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