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dc.contributor.authorMarsden, Nick
dc.contributor.authorBattle, Ceri
dc.contributor.authorCombellack, E.J.
dc.contributor.authorSabra, Ahmed
dc.contributor.authorMorris, Keith
dc.contributor.authorDickson, W.
dc.contributor.authorWhitaker, Iain
dc.contributor.authorEvans, P.A.
dc.identifier.citationMarsden, N.J., Battle, C.E., Combellack, E.J., Sabra, A., Morris, K., Dickson, W.A., Whitaker, I.S. and Evans, P.A. (2016) 'The impact of socio-economic deprivation on burn injury: a nine-year retrospective study of 6441 patients', Burns, 42(2), pp.446-452. DOI: 10.1016/j.burns.2015.08.019.en_US
dc.descriptionArticle published in Burns on 12 January 2016, available at:
dc.description.abstractIntroduction: Low socio-economic status is thought to be associated with increased burn risk, however the significance and generalisability across different populations and cultures has been questioned. Methods: A nine-year retrospective study of burn presentations to a large teaching hospital (2005–2014) was performed to investigate the association between socio-economic status and burns. Demographic and injury data was collected via the trust ‘Information portal’. The Welsh Index of Multiple: Deprivation 2011 was used to score for socio-economic status. Chi-squared test and Odds Ratios were calculated and statistical significance defined as p < 0.05 throughout. Results: 6441 burns were identified, with 755 (11.7%) admitted. Overall incidence rates were the highest published in the UK (0.35/1000/year) with sub group analysis showing the highest rates in under fives and males. Significant relationships between both age and burn mechanism and gender and burn mechanism (p = 0.0005) were identified. Scald (67.1%) was the most common mechanism with the upper limb (48%) most commonly burned. Chi square analysis demonstrated a significant relationship between socio-economic deprivation, age and burn incidence (p ≤ 0.0005), with a disproportionately high number of burns in patients under the age of 16 in the most deprived quintile (OR 1.23; 95% CI 1.06–1.44). Conclusion: This study specifically highlights patients under the age of 16 living in poorer socio-economic areas as the most at risk of suffering burns receiving hospital attention. This study demonstrates burns as a significant public health issue, and the results should aid in designing specific burn prevention strategies to target high-risk groups.en_US
dc.titleThe impact of socio-economic deprivation on burn injury: A nine-year retrospective study of 6441 patientsen_US
rioxxterms.funderCardiff Metropolitan Universityen_US
rioxxterms.identifier.projectCardiff Metropolian (Internal)en_US

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