Official Title: Emergency Department Screening for Occult Abdominal Trauma in Physically Abused Children
Multi-Center Research Lead: Wendy Lane, MD, MPH
CHOP Site Lead: Joanne N. Wood, MD, MSHP
Johns Hopkins Children’s Hospital Site Lead: Mitchell Goldstein, MD, MBA
Children’s National Medical Center Site Lead: James Campbell, MD
Sponsored By: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute on Child Health and Development
Dates: September 2008 – Ongoing
Screening physically abused children for occult abdominal trauma (OAT) is recommended by child abuse experts. Despite this recommendation, screening is not performed consistently in some emergency departments. Furthermore, the prevalence of occult abdominal trauma among physically abused children is not known.
Study Design: Prospective cross-sectional study of children presenting to four pediatric emergency departments with an injury complaint suspected of physical abuse.
Population: Children aged 0-6 from 4 urban pediatric emergency departments.
Data collection is in progress.
The project will inform evidence-based recommendations regarding which children with suspected physical abuse should be screened for occult abdominal trauma.
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