Burn-related physical impairments and disabilities in Ghanaian children: Prevalence and risk factors

Samuel N. Forjuoh, Bernard Guyer, Henry T. Ireys

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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 bums, 113 (17.4%) resulted in physical impairments; 5 (1%) resulted in physical disabilities. After multivariate adjustment, the odds of developing burn-related physical impairments were increased by bums with protracted healing (odds ratio [OR] = 5.80), burns to the head/neck (OR = 3.44), 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 bums may prevent burn-related physical impairments. The results also underscore the link between maternal education and child morbidity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-83
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Public Health
Volume86
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1996

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Burns
Odds Ratio
Mothers
Education
Social Adjustment
First Aid
Ghana
Wound Infection
Neck
Head
Morbidity
Skin

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Burn-related physical impairments and disabilities in Ghanaian children : Prevalence and risk factors. / Forjuoh, Samuel N.; Guyer, Bernard; Ireys, Henry T.

In: American Journal of Public Health, Vol. 86, No. 1, 1996, p. 81-83.

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