A child abuse research network: Now what?

Child Abuse Negl. 2017 Aug;70:406-407. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2017.04.010. Epub 2017 Apr 22.


As foundational work in preparation for a sustainable, multi-center network devoted to child abuse medical research, we recently used a combination of survey and modified Delphi methodologies to determine research priorities for future multi-center studies. Avoiding missed diagnoses, and improving selected/indicated prevention were the topics rated most highly in terms of research priority. Several constructive commentaries in this issue identify the key challenges which must be overcome to ensure a successful network. Indeed, as with the clinical work of child abuse pediatrics, a scientific network will also require constant collaboration within and outside the community of child abuse pediatricians, the wider medical community, and even non-medical professions.

Keywords: Physical abuse; Research networks.

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child Abuse / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • International Cooperation
  • Interprofessional Relations
  • Multicenter Studies as Topic
  • Physical Abuse / prevention & control
  • Research*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires