The financial burden imposed on society by abusing children through burn injury is unknown.
This study retrospectively evaluates the economic impact and demographics of such abuse on patients and their families treated at Children's Hospital Medical Center of Akron (CHMCA) from four counties over a 5 year period.
The inclusive group consisted of all children evaluated during the stated period referred to Social Services for possible child abuse.
There were 104 children (55 females and 49 males. 46% black and 56% white) with a mean age of 3.76 years. 71% of the patients came from single parent homes (all single mothers).
There were a total of 58 admissions with a mean length of stay of 10.53 days Total cost for all patients was approximately 1.2 million dollars for health care, of which 65% was government funded.
In addition to hospital costs, the perpetrators incurred court costs and jail costs, all of which were the financial responsibility of Summit County.
Child abuse through burns imposes a potentially preventable financial burden.
This study does not take into account the socioeconomic and psychological impact on the abused victims through life hich is incalculable.
By increasing awareness about the demographics and financial burden of child abuse, this paper may serve as a focus for further study and prevention of such abuse.
Mots-clés Pascal : Brûlure, Abus, Enfant battu syndrome, Economie santé, Impact économique, Traumatisme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Burn, Abuse, Child abuse syndrome, Health economy, Economic impact, Trauma
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0065201
Code Inist : 002B30A03B. Création : 31/05/1999.