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USPSTF: Interventions to Prevent Child Maltreatment

JAMA; 2018 Nov 27; US Preventive Services Task Force

There is insufficient evidence to assess the benefits and harms of primary care interventions to prevent child maltreatment, according to a new recommendation statement from the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). The statement updated the USPSTF 2013 recommendation on primary care interventions to prevent child maltreatment. The new recommendation is based on evidence from a USPSTF review of the evidence of primary care interventions to prevent maltreatment in children and adolescents without signs or symptoms of maltreatment. The USPSTF concluded:

  • Current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of primary care interventions to prevent child maltreatment. (I statement)
  • Children with signs or symptoms suggestive of maltreatment should be assessed or reported according to the applicable state laws.

Citation:

US Preventive Services Task Force. Interventions to prevent child maltreatment. US Preventive Services Task Force recommendation statement. JAMA. 2018;320(20):2122-2128. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.17772.

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