Recognizing and responding to medical neglect

Carole Jenny, Cindy Christian, Roberta A. Hibbard, Nancy D. Kellogg, Betty S. Spivak, John Stirling, David L. Corwin, James Mercy, Tammy Piazza Hurley

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Abstract

A caregiver may fail to recognize or respond to a child's medical needs for a variety of reasons. An effective response by a health care professional to medical neglect requires a comprehensive assessment of the child's needs, the parents' resources, the parents' efforts to provide for the needs of the child, and options for ensuring optimal health for the child. Such an assessment requires clear, 2-way communication between the family and the health care professional. Physicians should consider the least intrusive options for managing cases of medical neglect that ensure the health and safety of the child.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1385-1389
Number of pages5
JournalPediatrics
Volume120
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2007

Keywords

  • Cultural competency
  • Health literacy
  • Medical neglect
  • Physician-patient relationships

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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    Jenny, C., Christian, C., Hibbard, R. A., Kellogg, N. D., Spivak, B. S., Stirling, J., Corwin, D. L., Mercy, J., & Hurley, T. P. (2007). Recognizing and responding to medical neglect. Pediatrics, 120(6), 1385-1389. https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2007-2903