Long-term outcomes of seriously injured children: a study using the Child Health Questionnaire

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Davey, Tamzyn M., Aitken, Leanne M., Kassulke, Desley, Bellamy, Nicholas, Ambrose, Jane, Gee, Travis and Clark, Michele. 2005. "Long-term outcomes of seriously injured children: a study using the Child Health Questionnaire." Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. 41 (5), pp. 278-283. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1440-1754.2005.00611.x
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Long-term outcomes of seriously injured children: a study using the Child Health Questionnaire

ERA Journal ID16465
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsDavey, Tamzyn M. (Author), Aitken, Leanne M. (Author), Kassulke, Desley (Author), Bellamy, Nicholas (Author), Ambrose, Jane (Author), Gee, Travis (Author) and Clark, Michele (Author)
Journal TitleJournal of Paediatrics and Child Health
Journal Citation41 (5), pp. 278-283
Number of Pages6
Year2005
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN1034-4810
1440-1754
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1440-1754.2005.00611.x
Web Address (URL)http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/fulltext/118739779/PDFSTART?CRETRY=1&SRETRY=0
Abstract

Methods: Parents of all children who were identified by the Queensland Trauma Registry during their admission to either of the two paediatric specialty hospitals in Brisbane, Australia, for the treatment of an injury, were invited to participate in this study. Parents who consented to participation received a copy of the Child Health Questionnaire (CHQ) that required them to
provide information regarding their child’s HRQoL following injury. The CHQ scores for the study respondents were compared with those of the Australian norms. This study was approved by the relevant ethics committees.
Results: Two hundred and forty-one completed questionnaires were returned. The majority of cases were male (65%) and
there was even representation across all age groups. The majority of injuries were considered to be minor (81%) and were predominantly the result of falls and cycling accidents causing mainly fractures and intracranial injury. On the majority of subscales of the CHQ, study participants recorded scores that were statistically significantly below those of the Australian norms. None of the relevant variables collected by the Queensland Trauma Registry were found to predict scores on the CHQ in this study (for those children hospitalized for >24 h).
Conclusion: Injured children are worse off than their Australian counterparts in terms of HRQoL even up to 2 years following an injury. Further research needs to be undertaken to identify factors that predict lower HRQoL in order to reduce the burden of injury on children and their families.

Keywordsoutcomes research; paediatrics; quality of life; wounds and injuries
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020321399. Paediatrics not elsewhere classified
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