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Inclusion criteria

See evidence sheets and critical appraisal forms section for each year’s update




Studies which defined patterns of bruising in non-abused or abused children Personal practice
Studies assessing age of bruises Review articles
Patients between 0-17 years of age Post-mortem studies
English and non-English articles Studies where the population included adults and children but where we could not extract data that applied solely to children
Conference abstracts Single case reports
  Methodologically flawed articles


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