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Social and behavioural factors in Non-suspicious unexpected death in infancy; experience from metropolitan police project indigo investigation

Bamber, AR; Kiho, L; Upton, S; Orchard, M; Sebire, NJ; (2016) Social and behavioural factors in Non-suspicious unexpected death in infancy; experience from metropolitan police project indigo investigation. BMC Pediatrics , 16 (1) p. 6. 10.1186/s12887-016-0541-x. Green open access

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Risk factors for Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI) are well described, and such cases are now investigated according to standard protocols. In London, Project Indigo of the Metropolitan Police provides a unique, detailed framework for such data collection. We investigate such data to provide a contemporary account of SUDI in a large city and further link data to publically available datasets to investigate interactions with social factors. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of data routinely collected by the Metropolitan Police Service in all cases of non-suspicious SUDI deaths in London during a six year period. RESULTS: SUDI deaths are associated with markers of social deprivation in London. A significant proportion of such deaths are associated with potentially modifiable risk factors such as cigarette smoking and co-sleeping, such behaviour also being associated with social factors, including accommodation issues. CONCLUSIONS: Routinely collected data provide valuable insight into patterns and associations of mortality, with SUDI remaining a significant issue in London. Risk factors include social disadvantage, which may manifest in part by affecting behavioural patterns such as co-sleeping and public health interventions to reduce rates require significant social modification.

Type: Article
Title: Social and behavioural factors in Non-suspicious unexpected death in infancy; experience from metropolitan police project indigo investigation
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1186/s12887-016-0541-x
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12887-016-0541-x
Language: English
Additional information: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://​creativecommons.​org/​licenses/​by/​4.​0/​), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver (http://​creativecommons.​org/​publicdomain/​zero/​1.​0/​) applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL GOS Institute of Child Health > Population, Policy and Practice Dept
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1478374
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