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

Davey, Tamzyn M. and Aitken, Leanne M. and Kassulke, Desley and Bellamy, Nicholas and Ambrose, Jane and 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. ISSN 1034-4810


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.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 02 May 2010 03:58
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:51
Uncontrolled Keywords: outcomes research; paediatrics; quality of life; wounds and injuries
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1114 Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine > 111403 Paediatrics
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920206 Health Inequalities
C Society > 92 Health > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920501 Child Health
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-1754.2005.00611.x
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/7788

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