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"Kids bounce back" after injury B.C. Injury Research and Prevention Unit


To better understand the impact of childhood injuries— ranging from mild to severe—Dr. Mariana Brussoni and colleagues followed otherwise healthy children for one year following their injury. Children and youth 0 to 16 years of age seeking treatment for an unintentional injury were recruited from the emergency department and hospital wards at BC Children’s Hospital. Researchers found that older children and children who were hospitalized had a steeper recovery process, but by four months post-injury, there was no difference in health-related quality of life between children who were hospitalized versus those seen in the emergency department. There was also no difference after four months post-injury between older and younger children with regards to health-related quality of life.

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