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The relationship between child death and child maltreatment: A research study on the attribution of cause of death in hospital settings

By C May-Chahal, S Hicks and J Tomlinson


This publication reports on a national study into the relevance of child maltreatment concerns when child deaths are dealt with in hospital (multi-disciplinary) settings. The research used ethnographic methods (non-participant observation, interviews, documentary analysis) and a national survey of paediatricians to ask:\ud - what differences existed between deaths attributed to maltreatment and those that were not.\ud - how and to what extent maltreatment is a consideration when a child dies.\ud The research reports on the data/analyis and makes recommendations about professional practice regarding child death investigation/review, staff and patient care, and information collection processes

Topics: RT, H1, RJ, HM, RJ101, health_and_wellbeing, other
Publisher: NSPCC
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