Preventing severe and fatal child maltreatment: making the case for the expanded use and integration of data.

TitlePreventing severe and fatal child maltreatment: making the case for the expanded use and integration of data.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsPutnam-Hornstein E, Wood JN, Fluke J, Yoshioka-Maxwell A, Berger RP
JournalChild Welfare
Volume92
Issue2
Pagination59-75
Date Published2013
ISSN0009-4021
KeywordsChild, Child Abuse, Child Welfare, Data Collection, Decision Making, Organizational, Homicide, Humans, Population Surveillance, Risk Factors, United States
Abstract

In this article we examine risk factors for severe and fatal child maltreatment. These factors emerge from studies based on different data sources, including official child maltreatment data, emergency department and hospitalization data, death certificates, and data from child death review teams. The empirical literature reflects a growing effort to overcome the measurement uncertainties of any one individual data system. After review and reflection upon what is known, we consider how integrating this information can advance efforts to protect children, providing examples where the use and linkage of multiple sources of data may enhance surveillance, improve front-end decisionmaking, and support cost-effective research and evaluation.

Alternate JournalChild Welfare
PubMed ID24199323