Canada


Canadian efforts in the research and prevention of SBS/AHT (shaken baby syndrome/abusive head trauma) are numerous and on-going. Among the key developments are the reviews of Canadian SBS/AHT cases from 1988-1998 by Dr. James W. King and colleagues and the Joint Statement on Shaken Baby Syndrome released by Health Canada in 2001.

Shaken Baby Syndrome in Canada: Clinical Characteristics and Outcomes of Hospital Cases

Dr. James W. King and colleagues performed reviewed the charts for the years 1988–1998, of the cases of shaken baby syndrome that were reported to the child protection teams of 11 pediatric tertiary care hospitals in Canada to determine the clinical characteristics of the victims and outcomes of these cases.

Shaken baby syndrome in Canada: clinical characteristics and outcomes of hospital cases
W. James King, Morag MacKay, Angela Sirnick and The Canadian Shaken Baby Study Group CMAJ
January 21, 2003; 168 (2)
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Joint Statement on Shaken Baby Syndrome

The Joint Statement on Shaken Baby Syndrome was released in 2001 by Health Canada and was co-signed by: Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, Canadian Institute of Child Health , Canadian Paediatric Society, Canadian Public Health Association, Child Welfare League of Canada, The Canadian Bar Association and the Saskatchewan Institute on Prevention of Handicaps.

The Joint Statement on Shaken Baby Syndrome intended to create a common understanding of SBS/AHT based on current evidence, including its definition, cause, outcomes and consequences for the family and community. The statement also intended to stimulate the development of effective ongoing local and national prevention strategies and encourage the provision of support for affected children and families. Source: The Saskatchewan Institute on Prevention of Handicaps

Click Here to Read the Joint Statement on Shaken Baby Syndrome in Full