Unintentional childhood injury is one of the major health problems
and leading cause of death in Hong Kong among population aged
1-14, and it is estimated that approximately half of it took place
at home. The need to prevent Unintentional Residential Childhood
Injuries (URCI), thus, is immense.
To reduce the impact of Unintentional Residential Childhood Injuries
- increasing knowledge about the severity, consequences, and
- modifying preventive behavior concerning URCI
- modifying the household environment when necessary to prevent
An experimental design with a baseline group in which participants
receive information leaflet, video material, and stickers concerning
URCI prevention. In the intervention group, participants, on top
of receiving traditional educational package, receive home visitation
and telephone follow-ups from a group of supervised volunteers.
Families in Kwai Tsing and Shatin districts with newborn to 3-year-old
children, who were admitted into A&E department Princess of
Margaret or Prince of wales Hospital for an URCI episode in a
6-month bracket, will be recruited for this study.
Major outcome measures
Gain in knowledge by injury knowledge test; self-reported behavioral
changes by behavioral checklist; change in injury and health beliefs,
occurrences of URCI through self-reported and hospital-based measures,
and home modification related to residential injury prevention.
Implications to the field
This programme could enhance caregiver's control over environment,
in particular with respect to the prevention of URCI, which should
reap rewards of reduction in occurrences and impact of URCI. Meanwhile,
it is expected that the proposed programme and evaluation would
provide the framework for an effecitve and evidence-based injury
|Interim Programme Results (Draft)
|Training Manual - Chinese (Draft)
|Quality Assurance Manual - Chinese (Draft)
|Chan, C.C., Chow, C.B., and Kevin Chan. (2003).
The Volunteer Home Visitation Program (VHVP) - A childhood injury
prevention initiative in Hong Kong. Manuscript submitted to
Injury Prevention.Funding Sources
Health Care & Promotion Fund
Dr. Chun Bong Chow, the Principal Investigator, is a Consultant
Paediatrician at the Department of Pediatrics, Princess Margaret
Hospital, Hong Kong; and Chairman of Hong Kong Childhood Injury
Prevention and Research Association (CIPRA).
Dr. Charles C. Chan, is an Associate Professor at the
APSS, HKPU; Convenor of the Network for Health & Welfare Studies
of the APSS, HKPU, and the Honorary Secretary of CIPRA.
Dr. Wai Lun Cheung, is a Cluster Chief Executive of the
Hospital Authority New Territories West Cluster; and an Executive
Committee Member of CIPRA.
Dr. Yuk Chung Chan, is an Associate Professor at the APSS,
Prof. Jack C. Y. Cheng, is the Pro-Vice-Chancellors and
University Dean of Students, the Chinese University of Hong Kong;
Chair Professor at the Department of Orthopedics & Traumatology,
the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Vice-chairman / Clinical
coordinator of CIPRA.
Mr. P. K. Luis, is a Principal Lecturer at APSS, HKPU.
Mr. Kevin Chan, is a Research Associate at the APSS, HKPU;
and Scientific Officer of CIPRA.
Miss. Astor Kwok was a Project Assistant at the NHWS of
APSS, HKPU; and Research Officer of CIPRA. She is now a Research
Assistant at the APSS, CityU, Hong Kong.
The Principal Investigator: Dr. Chun Bong Chow
Tel: (852) 2990 3311
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