Letters

Home visiting and child injury

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7057.625 (Published 07 September 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:625

Consider measurement issues

  1. Harriet MacMillan, Assistant professor of pediatrics and psychiatry,
  2. Dan Offord, Professor of psychiatry
  1. Centre for Studies of Children at Risk, Chedoke-McMaster Hospitals, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8N 3Z5

    EDITOR,—Ian Roberts and colleagues' systematic review of home visiting programmes and the prevention of child injury and child abuse neglects a key methodological issue in the discussion.1 The authors fail to describe the overlap between childhood injury and abuse: many injuries to children are the result of poor parenting or inadequate supervision. Injuries, particularly in young children, are sometimes the result of physical …

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