Local Macroeconomic Trends and Hospital Admissions for Child Abuse, 2000–2009

  title={Local Macroeconomic Trends and Hospital Admissions for Child Abuse, 2000–2009},
  author={Joanne N. Wood and Sheyla P. Medina and Chris Feudtner and Xianqun Luan and Russell Localio and Evan S. Fieldston and David M. Rubin},
  pages={e358 - e364}
OBJECTIVE: To examine the relationship between local macroeconomic indicators and physical abuse admission rates to pediatric hospitals over time. METHODS: Retrospective study of children admitted to 38 hospitals in the Pediatric Hospital Information System database. Hospital data were linked to unemployment, mortgage delinquency, and foreclosure data for the associated metropolitan statistical areas. Primary outcomes were admission rates for (1) physical abuse in children <6 years old, (2) non… 

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