Abuse is any action that intentionally harms or injures another person. Abuse also encompasses inappropriate use of any substance, especially those that alter consciousness.

Physical abuse is the infliction of injury by another person. Physical abuse can happen to both children and adults of either gender and of any sexual orientation.

A physician should Should informed patients before a history is taken about mandatory reporting requirements for partner, child and elder abuse. physician should declare the patient that everything we discuss here today is completely confidential.


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