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Cochrane for the Clinician
June 2004

Modification of the Home Environment for the Reduction of Injuries

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2004;158(6):513. doi:10.1001/archpedi.158.6.513

Background: The majority of injuries to children younger than 5 years occur at home. Multifactorial injury prevention interventions have been shown to reduce injuries in the home. However, few studies have focused specifically on the effect of physical adaptations to the home environment. The effectiveness of such intervention needs to be ascertained.

Objective: To review the evidence for the effect on injuries of modification of the home environment with a primary focus on interventions to reduce physical hazards.