Estimating the annual incidence of paediatric burns across the United Kingdom

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Technical Summary

The study aims to explore the extent of paediatric burns across the United Kingdom (UK), through estimating the total incidence rates of mortality, hospital admissions (HA), burns service, Emergency Department (ED) and General Practice (GP) attendances for burns in children younger than 16 years in the UK between 2013 and 2015. The incidences of burn attendances at GPs will be obtained using the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD). Using a cohort of children within CPRD aged less than 16 years, we aim to identify new cases using a time-window algorithm of three weeks, which will be assessed using a sensitivity analysis. Data for the remainder of settings will be collected from routine healthcare datasets and available epidemiology data collection systems. The number of burns for defined years will be extracted from sources and the denominator, namely the population at risk will be identified for CPRD. ONS mid-year 2013 and 2014 England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland population estimates will be used respectively for other settings, assuming all children aged less than 16 years are at risk. Incidence figures will be calculated per 10,000 children for children aged less than 16 years and, where not possible, for the age ranges reported by the source.

Health Outcomes to be Measured

GP consultation for a burn


Alison Kemp - Chief Investigator - Cardiff University
Emma Johnson - Collaborator - Cardiff University
Hywel M. Jones - Collaborator - Cardiff University
Katie Davies - Collaborator - Cardiff University
Sabine Maguire - Collaborator - Cardiff University