Community-based interventions for the prevention of burns and scalds in children

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Only four studies were identified that met the inclusion criteria. Two found a reduction in rates of burns and scalding, and two found no effect following the intervention.

Burns and scalds are a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in children. Successful counter-measures to prevent burn- and scald-related injury have been identified. However, evidence indicating the successful roll-out of these counter-measures into the wider community is lacking. Community-based interventions in the form of multi-strategy, multi-focused programmes are hypothesised to result in a reduction in population-wide injury rates. This review assesses the effects of community-based interventions, defined as co-ordinated, multi-strategy initiatives, for reducing burns and scalds in children aged 14 years and under.

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