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Mandatory reporting of oral injuries indicating possible child abuse.
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PMID:  23024305     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
BACKGROUND: /st> The dental professional may see pediatric patients who have signs of intraoral trauma, perioral trauma or both. Evaluation should include the possibility of nonaccidental, deliberately inflicted abuse. Reporting such injuries is mandated.
METHODS: /st> The authors reviewed the criminal and civil statutes in all 50 states to determine what role dental professionals are required to play in instances of abuse or neglect.
RESULTS: /st> Mandates in all 50 states require that dental professionals be aware of and report instances of child abuse and neglect to the proper state authority. State laws also protect the reporting dental professional from civil retribution.
CONCLUSIONS: /st> State laws and dental ethical duties require all dental professionals to be aware of and to report instances of child abuse or neglect. These same laws protect clinicians in this duty. It is the clinician's responsibility to help prevent ongoing injury to people who are incapable of self-protection.
CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS: /st> Clinicians should learn to recognize signs of abuse and neglect, which often involve injury to the mouth and dentition. Dental professionals are mandated to report such abuse to state child protection authorities.
David R Katner; Christopher E Brown
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the American Dental Association (1939)     Volume:  143     ISSN:  1943-4723     ISO Abbreviation:  J Am Dent Assoc     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-01     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7503060     Medline TA:  J Am Dent Assoc     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1087-92     Citation Subset:  D; IM    
Mr. Katner is a professor of clinical law, The Felix J. Dreyfous Teaching Fellow in Juvenile Law and the director, Tulane Juvenile Law Clinic, Tulane Law School, Tulane University, New Orleans.
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