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Journal:   RESEARCHER BULLETIN OF MEDICAL SCIENCES (PEJOUHANDEH)   AUGUST-SEPTEMBER 2007 , Volume 12 , Number 3 (57); Page(s) 235 To 243.
 
Paper: 

EVALUATION OF RELATION BETWEEN HEALTH RELATED QUALITY OF LIFE AND UNINTENTIONAL INJURIES IN CHILDREN

 
 
Author(s):  SOURI H.*, ABACHIZADEH K.
 
* INJURY PREVENTION & SAFETY PROMOTION RESEARCH CENTER, SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH, SHAHEED BEHESHTI MEDICAL UNIVERSITY
 
Abstract: 

Background: Unintentional injury is a leading threat to children's health. No other study has documented association between health-related quality of life (HRQOL) as a personal factor and children's unintentional injury. This study examined the association between health-related quality of life (HRQOL) and unintentional injuries among children.
Materials and Methods: Overall, 3375 children between 6-10 years old were randomly selected trom primary schools in Ahvaz city, Iran. HRQOL was measured by 56 items taken trom seven domains of TNO AZL child quality of life (TACQOL) parent form. We interviewed the parents to collect their information about incidence, cause and a brief description of injury within the past 12months prior to the study.
Results: The response rate was 89%. There was a significant trend for increasing occurrence of injury with decreasing of HRQOL (P<0.001). Adjusted OR for injury was significantly higher in very low (2.38, 95% Cl: 1.45-3.86), low (2.18, 95% Cl: 1.34-3.56), medium (1.73, 95%CI: 1.06-2.83) HRQOL groups, compared to reference group (very high HRQOL). The median of total HRQOL (P<0.001) and all its domains (P<0.017) (except autonomous functioning) was less in injured group compared to uninjured one.
Conclusion: This study revealed an association between HRQOL and unintentional injury among primary school children. This is a preliminary finding and so further investigations with a well-defined analytical design need to be done.

 
Keyword(s): UNINTENTIONAL INJURY, QUALITY OF LIFE, CHILDREN, PREVENTION, CONTROL
 
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