Risk factors for scald injury in children under 5 years of age: a case–control study using routinely collected data

Shah, M. and Orton, Elizabeth and Tata, L.J. and Gomes, C. and Kendrick, D. (2013) Risk factors for scald injury in children under 5 years of age: a case–control study using routinely collected data. Burns, 39 (7). pp. 1474-1478. ISSN 0305-4179

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Abstract

Scald injury is common, accounting for half of all burns in pre-school children. Most scalds are preventable and health professionals can play an important role in targeting interventions to those at greatest risk. However, the potential for routinely collected medical data to be used to identify high risk children has not been well explored.

We used a matched case–control study to identify risk factors for first scald injury in children under 5 using a large, nationally representative database of routinely collected primary care records. Among 986 cases and 9240 controls, male gender, age (2 years), higher birth order, single-parent families and increasing index of material deprivation were associated with increased odds of scald injury. Older maternal age at childbirth was associated with decreased odds of scald injury.

Children at risk of scald injury can be identified from routinely collected primary care data and primary care practitioners can use this information to target evidence-based safety interventions.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Injury; Scald; General practice
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine
Depositing User: Liu, Mr Zhenxing
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2014 09:07
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2016 16:49
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/2894

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