Injury Prevention: An International Perspective

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

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Throughout the world, injuries are the leading cause of death during more than half of the average life span. This book documents the nature and magnitude of the problem and provides basic approaches to injury prevention. Injury statistics are given for many developing countries and indigenous populations as well as industrialized nations. Important differences among countries and cultures in types and circumstances of injury are illustrated in a tables and figures that enhance the book's usefulness. The many types of injuries covered in detail include those related to traffic, occupation, disasters, drowning, falls, burns, suicide, and homicide. The cost and health impacts of injury are discussed as well as the role of health services. The authors describe surveillance methods and effective preventive measures that are applicable even in countries with limited resources. This book has been written for public health practitioners and researchers as well as policy makers. Reflecting the author's many years of injury prevention experience in a variety of countries, the book will help readers understand this major health problem, the changes that could reduce it, and the means of influencing crucial public policies.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 392 pages
  • 186 x 254 x 28mm | 938.95g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0195119827
  • 9780195119824

About Peter Barrs

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 Professor of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University.Dinesh Mohan, Ph.D., is State Bank of India Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi.show more

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'...a landmark addition to a remarkably small shelf of texts about this subject...coherent, well organised, and well written...I judge the book a great success because it is difficult to imagine readers, even among the cognoscenti, who are not better informed after a careful read...There is no better compendium and no more thoughtful presentation of this modern epidemic...' * Barry Pless, BMJ Vol. 317 \d 12 December 1998 *show more

Table of contents

1. Introduction: The Importance of Injuries ; 2. The Epidemiologic Basis for Prevention ; 3. Assessing the Health Impact of Injuries: Mortality ; 4. Assessing the Health Impact of Injuries: Morbidity ; 5. Assessing the Community Impact of Injuries: Costs ; 6. Determinants of Injuries ; 7. Traffic Injuries: Introduction ; 8. Traffic Injuries: Determinants by Road User Type ; 9. Unintentional Injuries: Drownings, Falls and Burns ; 10. Other Unintentional Injuries ; 11. Occupational Injuries ; 12. Injuries from Disasters ; 13. Intentional Injuries: Homicide, Suicide and Other Violence ; 14. Choice and Development of Injury Prevention Programs ; 15. Treatment and Rehabilitation: The Role of Health Services and Other Sectors ; 16. Conclusionshow more

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