Study: Doctors can help prevent child abuse

Doctors see some very vulnerable children in their practice, but may not always know it. However, if they take a few simple steps, they have an opportunity to make a huge difference. According to a new study, doctors can do much to detect early signs of child abuse and neglect, as well as making sure that abuse is reported to the appropriate public agency. The study, which appeared in The Lancet, suggested that physicians should watch for signs like bruises, fractures and burns. Doctors can also make sure that children and parents are referred to mental health professionals, who can also assist with child abuse and neglect cases.

To learn more from the study:
- read this United Press International article