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Fraser JA, Flemington T, Doan TND, Hoang MTV, Doan TLB, Ha MT. Acta Paediatr. 2017; 106(10): 1608-1616.


Children's Hospital 2, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.


(Copyright © 2017, John Wiley and Sons)






AIM: This paper presents results from an intervention designed to improve identification and response to abusive head trauma in a tertiary paediatric hospital in Vietnam.

METHODS: One hundred and sixteen healthcare professionals (paediatric medical and nursing staff) completed a clinical training programme and participated in its evaluation. A pre-post-test and follow-up design was used to evaluate the outcomes. Questionnaires were used to collect data prior to training, at six-weeks and at six-months. Generalised Linear Modelling was used to examine changes in diagnostic skills and knowledge of the consequences of Shaken Baby Syndrome (a form of abusive head trauma), its prevention, and treatment.

RESULTS: At baseline, awareness and knowledge reflected no former abusive head trauma training. Following the intervention participants had an increased awareness of Shaken Baby Syndrome, the potential consequences of shaking infants, and had acquired techniques to inform parents how to manage the crying infant.

CONCLUSION: The intervention was effective in raising awareness of Shaken Baby Syndrome and its consequences amongst the participating healthcare professionals in Vietnam. Training can improve detection and prevention of abusive head trauma, and the intervention has the potential to be adapted for similar settings internationally. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

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Language: en


Vietnam; abuse; abusive head trauma; child abuse; healthcare professional; prevention; shaken baby syndrome; training


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