Injury Prevention: An International Perspective: Epidemiology, Surveillance, and Policy

Hardcover | June 1, 1998

byPeter Barss, Gordon S. Smith, Susan P. Baker

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Throughout the world, injuries are the leading cause of death for young adults, adolescents, and children. Injury death and hospitalization are also high among the elderly. With the improved prevention and treatment of infectious and degenerative diseases, the importance of injuries as adebilitating factor has rapidly increased around the world. Better living conditions have decreased the number of some types of injuries--such as drownings and burns--but the proliferation of new, high-energy vehicles, machinery, and weapons has offset this trend by significantly increasing thenumber of other types of injuries. This book documents the nature and magnitude of the problem and provides basic approaches to injury prevention. Injury statistics are supplied for many developing countries and indigenous populations as well as for industrialized nations. Important differences among countries and cultures affectingthe types and circumstances of injury are illustrated in tables and figures that present extensive data and greatly enhance the book's usefulness. The many types of injuries covered in detail include those related to traffic, falls, burns, drowning, poisoning, animal and insect bites, envenomations,occupation, disasters, suicide, and homicide. The authors take a methodologic approach to the analysis of the health impact, circumstances, and costs of injuries. They detail the costs and health impact of injuries, as well as the role of health services in injury prevention. They describe surveillance methods and effective preventive measuresthat can be implemented relatively easily even in countries with limited resources. Reflecting the authors extensive experience in injury prevention in a variety of countries, this book will help readers understand this major health problem, the changes that could reduce it, and the means ofinfluencing crucial public policies. Succinct and practical, Injury Prevention is intended for public health practitioners who develop and evaluate injury surveillance programs, epidemiologists and other researchers who wish to understand the patterns of injury occurrence, and government officialsand policy makers concerned with public safety and injury prevention.

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Throughout the world, injuries are the leading cause of death for young adults, adolescents, and children. Injury death and hospitalization are also high among the elderly. With the improved prevention and treatment of infectious and degenerative diseases, the importance of injuries as adebilitating factor has rapidly increased around ...

Peter Barss, M.D., Sc.D., M.P.H., is Head of Health Intelligence and Territorial Epidemiologist for the Canadian Arctic and Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at McGill University, Montreal, Canada. Gordon Smith, M.B., M.P.H., is Associate Professor of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. Susan Baker, M.P.H., is Pro...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:398 pages, 7.09 × 10.12 × 1.1 inPublished:June 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The Importance of Injuries2. The Epidemiologic Basis for Prevention3. Assessing the Health Impact of Injuries: Mortality4. Assessing the Health Impact of Injuries: Morbidity5. Assessing the Community Impact of Injuries: Costs6. Determinants of Injuries7. Traffic Injuries: Introduction8. Traffic Injuries: Determinants by Road User Type9. Unintentional Injuries: Drownings, Falls and Burns10. Other Unintentional Injuries11. Occupational Injuries12. Injuries from Disasters13. Intentional Injuries: Homicide, Suicide and Other Violence14. Choice and Development of Injury Prevention Programs15. Treatment and Rehabilitation: The Role of Health Services and Other Sectors16. Conclusion

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"With injuries becoming the leading cause of death among many population groups, this book provides an excellent overview of the issues and challenges faced by public health practitioners as the threat of infectious disease wanes in comparison." -- Ardene Robinson Vollman, RN, PhD, CanadianJournal of Public Health, Vol 91, No. 4, July-Aug 2000