Child fatality review teams

Pediatr Clin North Am. 2009 Apr;56(2):379-87. doi: 10.1016/j.pcl.2009.01.004.


The history of child fatality review (CFR) begins with the work of Ambrose Tardieu in 1860. More than a century later, in 1978, the first team was established in Los Angeles, California. This article reviews the history of CFR, the composition of teams, and its purpose based in preventive public health. The successes of three decades and challenges for the future of CFR are discussed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cause of Death*
  • Child
  • Child Abuse / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Child Abuse / prevention & control*
  • Child Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Child Welfare / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Humans
  • Interdisciplinary Communication*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic / standards
  • Research Personnel / organization & administration
  • United States