Child sexual abuse evaluations in an emergency room: An overview and suggestions for a multidisciplinary approach

  • Glick N
  • Lating J
  • Kotchick B
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Abstract

The physical and emotional distress associated with child sexual abuse may be compounded when the professional response in the emergency room (ER) to this critical incident is not well planned, comprehensive, and multidisciplinary. The purpose of this article is to provide an overview of the literature on emergency room (ER) evaluations of child sexual abuse and to provide recommendations for a multidisciplinary team approach to conducting these evaluations that includes physicians, nurses, mental health workers, and law enforcement officers.

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  • Child sexual abuse
  • Emergency room
  • Multidisciplinary assessment

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