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Timing of the medical examination.
J Child Sex Abus. 2011 Sep; 20(5):505-20.JC

Abstract

The medical examination of the sexually abused child may have evidentiary, medical, and therapeutic purposes, and the timing of the examination requires consideration of each of these objectives. In cases of acute sexual assault, emergent examinations may be needed to identify injury, collect forensic evidence, and provide infection and pregnancy prophylaxis. Alternately, most sexually abused children are not identified immediately after assault, and the timing of the examination needs to balance physical and emotional issues with the availability of qualified examiners. In all cases, the best interests of the child should be paramount.

Authors+Show Affiliations

The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Christian@email.chop.edu

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

21970643

Citation

Christian, Cindy W.. "Timing of the Medical Examination." Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, vol. 20, no. 5, 2011, pp. 505-20.
Christian CW. Timing of the medical examination. J Child Sex Abus. 2011;20(5):505-20.
Christian, C. W. (2011). Timing of the medical examination. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 20(5), 505-20. https://doi.org/10.1080/10538712.2011.607424
Christian CW. Timing of the Medical Examination. J Child Sex Abus. 2011;20(5):505-20. PubMed PMID: 21970643.
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