Huisartsen herkennen kindermishandeling zelden

Sylvie H. Lo Fo Wong

General practitioners rarely recognise child abuse

A recent study by Goren et al. gives an insight in the low level of recognition of child abuse by general practitioners at a regional out-of-office-hours general practice in the Netherlands. Child abuse and family violence are highly prevalent in the Netherlands. There is evidence of the negative effects of child abuse, in the short- and long-term. These studies do not reach physicians in general in the Netherlands. Medical schools and the training of general practitioners lack structural education on this topic. Policy makers should recommend structural and substantial education on child abuse in the medical curriculum. The reporting of abused children by the Child Abuse Reporting Authority to the general practitioner might have a learning and preventive effect.