Modification of the home environment for the reduction of injuries

Added April 22, 2013

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There is insufficient evidence to determine whether interventions focused on modifying environmental home hazards reduce injuries.

Injury in the home is common, accounting for approximately a third of all injuries. The majority of injuries to children under five and people aged 75 and older occur at home. Multifactorial injury prevention interventions have been shown to reduce injuries in the home. However, few studies have focused specifically on the impact of physical adaptations to the home environment and the effectiveness of such interventions needs to be ascertained. This review assesses the effect of modifications to the home environment on the reduction of injuries due to environmental hazards.