This study examines the data gathered and documented in patient charts with respect to the possibility of abusive injury in presentations by injured children under 3 years of age, as well as conclusions made by the treating doctor with respect to the possibility of abusive injury, and whether or not a consultation with an emergency or child protection specialist was made in reference to this issue.
These data are compared:
1/ Between two sample periods at the Mater Children’s Hospital before and after the introduction of an electronically generated proforma to prompt such data collection
2/ Between these samples and a matched sample from Royal Children’s Hospital which uses the prompting proforma but generates this manually.
Outcomes may include an increased likelihood of early detection of intentional trauma to children, and a clearer understanding of the context (benefits, challenges, impediments and opportunities) related to the application of an early detection surveillance referral tool.
Dr Ronald Clark
Dr Robyn Brady
Ms Jennifer Crimmins
Dr Michele Thompson
Dr William Pitt