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Journal of the Korean Medical Association 2002;45(11):1280-1290.
Published online August 9, 2016.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.5124/jkma.2002.45.11.1280   
Physician's Role in Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse
Dong Hyun Ahn
Child abuse and neglect are also becoming a serious threat to the health of children in Korea. Physicians are in a unique position to detect the injuries and behavioral problems resulting from child abuse or neglect. Physicians and other professionals providing services to children are required by Child Welfare Law to report suspected incidents of child abuse or neglect. Every Province now has a Child Abuse Hotline to make a report by telephone ; the hotline in Korea in area code+1361 (toll free). It is crucial that physicians define their role and develop the appropriate clinical skills to manage child abuse or neglect effectively. The role of physician in the prevention and treatment of child abuse or neglect traditionally has been one of detection, medical diagnosis, and treatment or referral. However, the role can be greatly expanded. They may serve on hospital child protection teams, provide medical services to private service agencies, participate in community multidisciplinary review boards and advisory boards of voluntary agencies, or testify as an expert witness. This article defines the emerging role of physicians in prevention and treatment of child abuse. It reflects the strategic agenda of the Korean Medical Association for promotion of optimal child health and development.
Key Words: Child abuse, Neglect, Physician, Mandatory report


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