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Citation

Forjuoh SN, Guyer B, Ireys HT. Am. J. Public Health 1996; 86(1): 81-83.

Affiliation

Department of Maternal and Child Health, Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, Baltimore, Md, USA.

Copyright

(Copyright © 1996, American Public Health Association)

DOI

unavailable

PMID

8561249

PMCID

PMC1380367

Abstract

The prevalence, and risk factors for childhood burn-related physical impairments and disabilities in Ghana were determined with data from mothers of burned children. Of 650 identified burns 113 (174%) resulted in physical impairments, 5 (1%) resulted in physical disabilities. After multivariate adjustment, the odds of developing burn-related physical impairments were increased by burns with protracted healing (odds ratio OR = 5.80), burns to the head/neck (OR = 344), burns involving skin removal (OR = 3.04), and wound infection (OR = 2.03) and decreased by first aid (OR = 0.51) and maternal education (OR = 0.54). Education on the proper care of burns may prevent burn-related physical impairments. The results also underscore the link between maternal education and child morbidity.


Language: en

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