The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force reviewed previous studies on home-based or office-based child abuse prevention programs and found insufficient evidence to determine whether such initiatives can actually curb child abuse cases when signs of maltreatment are absent. "The role of the primary care physicians in being the prevention, so to speak, is unclear because there is not enough evidence to say what doctors can do to prevent abuse in the first place," USPSTF's Dr. David Grossman said.

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