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

Shah, M.; Orton, Elizabeth; Tata, L.J.; Gomes, C.; Kendrick, D.

Authors

M. Shah

L.J. Tata

C. Gomes

D. Kendrick



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.

Citation

Shah, M., Orton, E., Tata, L., Gomes, C., & 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), https://doi.org/10.1016/j.burns.2013.03.022

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Nov 1, 2013
Deposit Date Apr 7, 2014
Publicly Available Date Apr 7, 2014
Journal Burns
Print ISSN 0305-4179
Electronic ISSN 0305-4179
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 39
Issue 7
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.burns.2013.03.022
Keywords Injury; Scald; General practice
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/2894
Publisher URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305417913001009
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0

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