Understanding Abusive Head Trauma and Child Physical Abuse

Activity Details
  • Credit Amounts:
    • CME: 1.00
    • Other: 1.00
  • Cost: $5.00
  • Release: Dec 11, 2023
  • Expires: Dec 10, 2026
  • Estimated Time to Complete:
    1 Hour(s)
  • Average User Rating:
    (12 Ratings)


Christina L.  Howard Christina L. Howard, MD, FAAP
Child Fatality and Injury Prevention Pediatric Consultant
Maternal and Child Health Division, Department for Public Health
Chief of Division of Pediatric Forensic Medicine
Assistant Professor
UK Healthcare Department of Pediatrics
Lexington, Kentucky

Needs Statement

This activity has the same content as "Understanding Abusive Head Trauma and Child Physical Abuse" that expired on December 12, 2020. If you participated in the original activity, please do not complete this release.

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 PAHT. It also provides caregivers with tools for dealing with a crying infant, the most common trigger for PAHT.

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:

  • Review statistics of abusive head trauma
  • Define abusive head trauma and its associated injuries
  • Describe the anatomy of the infant's head and brain
  • Identify common presenting scenarios for abusive head trauma and physical abuse
  • Explain the medical evaluation and follow-up of a child with abusive head trauma
  • Outline the range of outcomes for victims of abusive head trauma 
  • Discuss risk factors for abusive head trauma
  • Discuss the prevention of abusive head trauma


In support of improving patient care, University of Kentucky HealthCare CECentral is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

This enduring material is designated for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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

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.

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