Journal article

Tipping the Scales: Factors Influencing the Decision to Report Child Maltreatment in Primary Care

Jacqueline Kuruppu, Gemma McKibbin, Cathy Humphreys, Kelsey Hegarty

TRAUMA VIOLENCE & ABUSE | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2020

Abstract

Child maltreatment (CM) is an important public health issue linked to significant physical and mental health complications across the life span. Given the association between CM and health, general practitioners (GPs) and primary care nurses (PNs) are well-placed to identify and respond to this issue and are mandated to report suspected CM in many jurisdictions. Research has found that primary care doctors and nurses need support when responding to CM. This scoping review sought to answer the following question: What factors influence GPs and PNs decision to report CM when fulfilling their mandatory reporting duty? By exploring these factors, areas where support is needed were pinpointed. A ..

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