Lise Langeland Larsen, Troels Græsholt-Knudsen, Rikke Holm Bramsen, Gitte Hesthaven Jørgensen, Bjarne Møller-Madsen, Ole Ingemann Hansen & Jan Duedal Rölfing
Ugeskr Læger 2021;183:V10200795
Physical abuse is experienced by approximately 20% of children in Denmark. Healthcare workers issue less than 20% of all reports suspecting physical child abuse to responsible authorities. Insufficient knowledge and other barriers may partly explain this low percentage. Recognition and adequate handling by referral to child protective teams and reporting to local authorities are of paramount importance to prevent mortality, physical and mental morbidity. With this review we hope to enlighten Danish healthcare workers and thereby ensure a qualified course of action for children, who have been subjected to physical abuse.