(Bloomberg) — Women of childbearing age should be screened by their primary doctors to determine if they are victims of domestic abuse, a U.S. panel recommends.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent panel, was seeking to update its 2004 recommendations to help health professionals screen and prevent domestic violence. While available research allowed the group to issue guidelines for 14- to 46-year-old females, the task force was unable to make proposals for other groups such as the elderly. The panel also said not enough data existed to provide preliminary suggestions for how doctors could help prevent child abuse or neglect.

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