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Title: Unintentional residential child injury surveillance in Hong Kong
Authors: Chan, CC
Luis, BPK
Chow, CB
Cheng, JCY
Wong, TW
Chan, K
Keywords: Accidents
Childhood injuries
Emergency service
Epidemiology
Hong Kong
Wounds and injuries
Issue Date: 2003
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Asia
Source: Journal of paediatrics and child health, 2003, v. 39, no. 6, p. 420-426 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health 
Abstract: Objectives: To provide an overall pattern of morbidity in unintentional residential childhood injuries (URCI) in Hong Kong. Methodology: A cross-sectional telephone survey of caregivers of children aged under 16-years and adolescents suffering from URCI and admitted to three selected local Accident and Emergency Departments. Results: Falls, cuts and scalds were the most common external causes of URCI observed, while boys predominated in the sample population. Most of the observed URCI were of moderate to mild severity. Children of new immigrant mothers were more likely to receive first aid immediately after the incidents. Parents were aware of potentially injurious behaviour and intervened on occasion, but most resorted to verbal warnings only. Conclusions: Prevalence of falls among observed URCI offers evidence in support of the hypothesis that the high population density in Hong Kong plays an integral role in understanding mechanisms of morbidity. Parents show concern about URCI but often lack substantial action that modifies injury risk. Considering the local injury differentials, an active prevention effort such as behavioural intervention and education for parents may be useful.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/21542
ISSN: 1034-4810
DOI: 10.1046/j.1440-1754.2003.00181.x
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