Background All around the world, injuries in childhood have an important impact on individual and population health. Childhood unintentional injuries are a leading cause of death globally among children and young people aged 0–17 years. The latest updates on the Global Burden of Diseases shows that injury is the fourth leading cause of deaths among children below 15 years of age. Child mortality due to injury is a public health problem internationally and in Europe. Socioeconomic position inequalities in childhood injuries are well known, but there is less information on how child mortality by injuries is socially patterned by parental education. There is a need to evaluate published evidence.
Methods Using Arksey and O’Malley’s and Levac et al methodological frameworks for scoping review methodology as a guide, our scoping review of published literature begins by searching several databases: PubMed, Scopus, the Cochrane Library, the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL), PsycInfo and the Educational Resources Information Centre (ERIC) and web of science. A possible research question will be: What is known from the existing literature about the effect of parental education on childhood injuries? The scoping review will consider all study designs including qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Bibliographic data and abstract content will be collected and analysed using a tool developed iteratively by the research team.
Results This study will provide a broad overview of the research literature specific to differences in socioeconomic inequalities in childhood injuries, measured by parental educational attainment. Potential gaps in the research on the possible effect of parental education on childhood injuries will be identified, and thus, the results will inform future research directions.
Conclusions The findings of this scoping review protocol will be used to determine the evidence coming from the research literature about the relationship and influence of parental education (mother and/or father education) in the frequency of childhood injuries. We will disseminate our findings through the presentation in the 12th World Safety Conference, as well as through articles published to generate key messages most relevant.
- Protocol of scoping review
- childhood injuries
- and parental education
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