Infant abusive head trauma: incidence, outcomes and awareness

Liley, William, Stephens, Anne, Kaltner, Melissa, Larkins, Sarah, Franklin, Richard C., Tsey, Komla, Stewart, Rebecca, and Stewart, Simon (2012) Infant abusive head trauma: incidence, outcomes and awareness. Australian Family Physician, 41 (10). pp. 823-826.

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Background: Abusive head trauma of infants is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality. The incidence in Australia has been estimated at 29.6 cases of abusive head trauma for which hospital admission is required per 100 000 infants aged 0-24 months and under per year; more frequent than low speed runovers, drowning and childhood neoplasms.

Objective: This article provides a review of the significant incidence and outcomes of abusive head trauma and seeks to raise awareness of the potential of evidence based interventions to reduce infant injury and its consequences in the community.

Discussion: An evidence based program, the Period of PURPLE Crying, has been shown to reduce infant injury. An evaluation of the suitability of program materials for different cultural groups in Australia needs to be assessed. Such a scoping project is proposed as a necessary prerequisite to a pilot clinical intervention.

Item ID: 22006
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0300-8495
Keywords: child abuse; craniocerebral trauma; infant
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Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2012 06:20
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111704 Community Child Health @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920409 Injury Control @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920501 Child Health @ 50%
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