The OPQ: a proposed instrument for predicting poisoning accident recurrence in young children

Vet Hum Toxicol. 1992 Oct;34(5):448-52.


A 26-item self-report questionnaire for parents/guardians was constructed for potential use with first-exposure childhood poisoning victims to predict high risk for subsequent poisoning episodes. Data were obtained from 185 subjects served by 1 of 5 US regional poison control centers. The resulting device was labeled the OPQ. Its retrospective validity (R = 0.71) and test-retest reliability (0.81) are viewed as sufficient. The test itself, with accompanying scoring key and norms, are provided here in the hope that other clinicians and researchers will join in subjecting the OPQ to prospective validity studies and other forms of Scale refinement.

MeSH terms

  • Child, Preschool
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Poisoning / epidemiology*
  • Recurrence
  • Risk
  • Surveys and Questionnaires