Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science


Emergency Department


Nancy E. Reid


Utilizing screening tools in the ED leads to higher child abuse detection and reporting but is not used universally. It is shown that these screening tools can be efficient, user-friendly, and accurate while being implemented seamlessly into EHR to reduce screening bias and errors. Long-term effects from child abuse extend past the age of 18 and have detrimental psychological and social implications. The quarantine during COVID led to increased child abuse and domestic violence while cases continue to go unreported. Multiple child abuse screening tools, or questionnaires, have been created and the implementation of these systems will lead to higher detection and increased reporting of child abuse.


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