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Agricultural exposures and farm-related injuries among adolescents in rural China
  1. Min Shen1,
  2. Youjie Wang1,
  3. Senbei Yang1,
  4. Yukai Du1,
  5. Huiyun Xiang2,
  6. Lorann Stallones3
  1. 1Department of Child, Adolescent and Woman, Health, School of Public Health, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei, China
  2. 2 Center for Injury Research and Polic, The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, USA
  3. 3 Colorado Injury Control Research Center, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA
  1. Correspondence toMin Shen, Department of Child, Adolescent and Woman Health, School of Public Health, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei 430030, China; shenmin5033{at}hotmail.com

Abstract

This cross-sectional study explored the incidence of farm injuries and the relationship between agricultural exposures and injury among 2053 adolescents aged 13–19 years in Macheng, China. A comprehensive self-administered questionnaire was given to adolescents. The cumulative incidence rate of farm injury was 19.8%. Adolescents who were male, aged 10–15 years, left behind, working more days each month and living on the plains, reported higher rates. Specific agricultural exposures, such as large animals, pesticides and operating farm machinery were associated with higher injury rates. Prevention programmes are needed to reduce farm injuries.

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