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Validating injury burden estimates using population birth cohorts and longitudinal cohort studies of injury outcomes : the VIBES-Junior study protocol Gabbe, Belinda J.; Dipnall, Joanna F.; Lynch, John W.; Rivara, Frederick P.; Lyons, Ronan A.; Ameratunga, Shanthi; Brussoni, Mariana; Lecky, Fiona E.; Bradley, Clare; Simpson, Pam M.; et al.


Traumatic injury is a leading contributor to the global disease burden in children and adolescents, but methods used to estimate burden do not account for differences in patterns of injury and recovery between children and adults. A lack of empirical data on postinjury disability in children has limited capacity to derive valid disability weights and describe the long-term individual and societal impacts of injury in the early part of life. The aim of this study is to establish valid estimates of the burden of non-fatal injury in children and adolescents. Methods and analysis Five longitudinal studies of paediatric injury survivors <18 years at the time of injury (Australia, Canada, UK and USA) and two whole-of-population linked administrative data paediatric studies (Australia and Wales) will be analysed over a 3-year period commencing 2018. Meta-analysis of deidentified patient-level data (n≈2,600) from five injury-specific longitudinal studies (Victorian State Trauma Registry; Victorian Orthopaedic Trauma Outcomes Registry; UK Burden of Injury; British Columbia Children’s Hospital Longitudinal Injury Outcomes; Children’s Health After Injury) and >1 million children from two whole-of-population cohorts (South Australian Early Childhood Data Project and Wales Electronic Cohort for Children).

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