Current knowledge and beliefs of Kansas physicians regarding domestic minor sex trafficking

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Reinhard, Ashley
Whitacre, Ina
Berg, Gina M.
Hervey, Ashley Marie

Ashley Reinhard, Ina Whitacre. (2012). Current Knowledge and Beliefs of Kansas Physicians Regarding Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking. -- In Proceedings: 8th Annual Symposium: Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, KS: Wichita State University, p.119-120


Domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST) is increasingly in the news. It is instrumental that healthcare providers are educated about the topic and feel confident in their ability to identify and report a victim. The purpose of this study is to describe Kansas physicians' awareness of DMST. A 20-question survey was e-mailed to 1,668 physicians registered with the Kansas Board of Healing Arts in the specialties family medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, and emergency medicine. Of those e-mailed, 69 physicians responded to the survey, giving a response rate of 4%. Only 12% of respondents were confident in identifying a victim and only 11% screen patients for DMST. Up to 48% admitted to not knowing answers to knowledge questions.

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Paper presented to the 8th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) held at the Marcus Welcome Center, Wichita State University, April 18, 2012.
Research completed at the Department of Physician Assistant, College of Health Professions