Understanding Abusive Head Trauma and Child Physical Abuse

Activity Details
  • Credit Amounts:
    • CME: 1.00
    • Other: 1.00
  • Cost: $5.00
  • Release: Mar 15, 2016
  • Expires: Dec 12, 2020
  • Estimated Time to Complete:
    1 Hour(s)
  • System Requirements:
  • Average User Rating:
    (44 Ratings)


Christina L.  Howard Christina L. Howard, MD, FAAP
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Chief, Pediatric Forensic Medicine
UK HealthCare
Child Fatality and Injury Prevention Pediatric Consultant
Kentucky Department of Public Health
Lexington, Kentucky

Needs Statement

Kentucky continues to be a leading state in deaths of children related to child abuse. Specific bruising patterns are significant indicators of abuse. Knowing these patterns, recognizing crucial warning signs, and understanding other traumatic injuries associated with pediatric abusive head trauma (PAHT) improves the physician's ability to protect children and prevent fatalities. Physicians who have this information will be better equipped to recognize subtle signs and symptoms of abuse, to report incidents of abuse, and to utilize the knowledge of evidence-based pediatric forensics to protect children.

This education helps all caregivers (not just parents) recognize early signs of maltreatment which can prevent escalation to Abuse Head Trauma. It also provides caregivers with tools for dealing with a crying infant, the most common trigger for Abusive Head Trauma.

This training has been approved by the KBML as meeting the statutory requirements of HB157.

Target Audience

This activity is targeted toward physicians in the specialties of pediatrics, radiology, family medicine, emergency medicine, and urgent care or any other interested health care professioal.


Upon completion of this educational activity, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the medical evaluation and follow-up of a child with abusive head trauma
  • Review the range of outcomes for victims of abusive head trauma
  • Clarify risk factors for abusive head trauma
  • Discuss prevention of abusive head trauma


The University of Kentucky College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine presents this activity for educational purposes only. Participants are expected to utilize their own expertise and judgment while engaged in the practice of medicine. The content of the presentations is provided solely by presenters who have been selected for presentations because of recognized expertise in their field.

This training has been approved by the KBML as meeting the statutory requirements of HB157.

ACGME Competencies

  • Patient care
  • Medical knowledge
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Professionalism

IOM Competencies

  • Provide patient-centered care

IPE Competencies

  • Interprofessional Communication

UK Healthcare CECentral certifies this activity for 1.00 hour of participation.

Faculty Disclosure

No speaker or planner has any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

The material presented in this course represents information obtained from the scientific literature as well as the clinical experiences of the speaker. In some cases, the presentation might include discussion of investigational agents and/or off-label indications for various agents used in clinical practice. The speaker will inform the audience when they are discussing investigational and/or off-label uses.

Disclosure of a relationship is not intended to suggest or condone commercial bias in any presentation, but it is made to provide participants with information that might be of potential importance to their evaluation of a presentation.

Review Date

3/7/19, 2/12/2020, and 8/12/2020

CE Content Concerns


Concerns or complaints related to ACPE or ACCME standards may be submitted in writing to the Director of UK HealthCare CECentral by fax to 859-323-2920, or by mail to 2365 Harrodsburg Road, Ste B475, Lexington, KY 40504


  • The Director or his/her designee will review, investigate, forward and/or respond to complaints and will put forth a best effort to adjudicate the issue(s), along with CECentral staff members, within two (2) weeks of receipt of the grievance or complaint.
  • If needed, concerns, complaints, or grievances will be brought before the UK HealthCare CECentral Advisory Board.
  • Issues regarding activity content also will be reviewed and addressed by the Activity Director.
  • A written decision will be issued in a timely manner by the Director of UK HealthCare CECentral or his/herdesignee.
  • Grievances will be considered when planning future activities.

Appeal Procedure

  • Persons who wish to appeal a decision should address the appeal by email, fax or in writing to the Director of UK HealthCare CECentral within two (2) weeks of receipt of the response.
  • The Director will bring the appeal to the UK HealthCare CECentral Advisory Board.
  • The results of the appeal will be sent to the participant no later than two (2) weeks following the meeting of the board.