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Healthcare professionals' priorities for child abuse educational programming: A Delphi study


  • Chen, Yi-Wen
  • Fetzer, Susan
  • Lin, Chiao-Li
  • Huang, Joh-Jong
  • Feng, Jui-Ying


Child abuse reporting and intervening are a complex process. A comprehensive training program with targeted goals and priorities enables professionals to effectively address the needs of abused children and their families. The study purpose was to identify the content and priorities of health professional education in child abuse by integrating expert opinions and achieving consensus. A 3-round Delphi study was conducted with 25 multidisciplinary experts in health care, social welfare, psychology and counseling, and law and jurisdiction. Structured questionnaires collected expert opinion of appropriateness and importance of knowledge, subjective norms, attitudes, skills, team collaboration and teaching strategies. The expert response rates ranged from 96 to 100% for the 3 rounds, and consensus was achieved. Knowledge was regarded as the most important element. Two items on forensic evidence in the skill category received the highest importance score. Results provide a basis to develop educational programs achieving clinical competence in child abuse care.

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  • Chen, Yi-Wen & Fetzer, Susan & Lin, Chiao-Li & Huang, Joh-Jong & Feng, Jui-Ying, 2013. "Healthcare professionals' priorities for child abuse educational programming: A Delphi study," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 35(1), pages 168-173.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:cysrev:v:35:y:2013:i:1:p:168-173
    DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2012.09.024

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