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Limitations of review findings

Intentional and unintentional scalds

  • The majority of studies were based on hospital or burns unit admissions.  This biases the data towards the severe end of the spectrum
  • The included studies span a wide time period (dates of included studies range from 1960 onwards) and, as such, definitions of abuse will have varied
  • Many studies lack clinical detail as to the pattern of burn injury or co-existant clinical features in non-maltreated children


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