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  1. Hospitalization of abused and neglected children.

    Article - En anglais

    Objective 

    To describe the use of inpatient hospitalization for abused and neglected children living in a metropolitan area.

    Methods 

    Retrospective record review of abused and neglected children admitted in 1992 and 1993 to hospitals with 87% of metropolitan area pediatric admissions ; comparison of these data with population, crisis nursery, and child protective services data.

    Results 

    Thirty-four abused and neglected children were admitted to hospital, representing 0.3% (34/11 066 ; 95% confidence interval, 0% - 1.2%) of pediatric admissions and 0.2% (34/19 950 ; 95% confidence interval, 0% - 0.6%) of child protective services reports.

    This represents a rate of hospitalization for child abuse of 10 children (95% confidence interval, 0-46) per 100 000 child population per year.

    Seven hundred fifteen children were admitted to the crisis nursery by child protective services.

    Of those admitted to the hospital, 12 needed intensive care, 5 of whom died.

    Only 3 of 34 hospital-admitted children had private health insurance ; 19 of 34 were younger than 1 year.

    Conclusions 

    Inpatient hospitalization for abuse represented a small fraction of total pediatric admissions and of child protective services reports.

    Comprehensive medical care for most abused children and medical education about child abuse must occur in outpatient settings.

    Mots-clés Pascal : Enfant maltraité, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Hospitalisation, Enfant, Homme, Fréquence, Prise en charge

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Child abuse, United States, North America, America, Hospitalization, Child, Human, Frequency

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 97-0282631

    Code Inist : 002B30A03B. Création : 15/07/1997.