Does teaching scald burn prevention to families of young children make a difference? A pilot study

J Pediatr Nurs. 2001 Aug;16(4):256-62. doi: 10.1053/jpdn.2001.25535.


This article reports a pilot project designed to ascertain what scald burn prevention practices parents of young children used and whether teaching would lead to implementation of burn-related home-safety practices. The sample (n = 49) was followed up longitudinally, and participants completed a survey during two home interviews conducted at 4-week intervals. There was a statistically significant change in the number of scald burn prevention measures (p <.001) implemented by parents after public health nurses provided teaching. Changes in parental behavior were correlated with ethnicity (p <.05). The results have implications for teaching families effective scald burn prevention strategies.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Home / prevention & control*
  • Adult
  • Burns / prevention & control*
  • Child
  • Child Welfare*
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Health Education / methods*
  • Health Education / standards
  • Humans
  • Nursing Evaluation Research
  • Parents / education*
  • Pilot Projects
  • Program Evaluation
  • Public Health Nursing / methods*
  • Public Health Nursing / standards
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Teaching / methods*
  • Teaching / standards