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Predictable and Preventable: Historical and Current Efforts to Improve Child Injury Prevention

[ Vol. 14 , Issue. 1 ]

Author(s):

Karen E. Forward* and Eman Loubani   Pages 48 - 51 ( 4 )

Abstract:


Background: Childhood injuries are a global epidemic. Accidents resulting in childhood injury and death were first identified as a concern over a century ago. However, “accidents” leading to injury were not recognized as being predictable and preventable until more recently.

Objectives: To describe the worldwide epidemic of childhood injuries, and look at international successes in the field of injury prevention.

Methods: Literature pertaining to injury prevention was reviewed to describe the history of childhood injury prevention, guiding principles of injury prevention, successful strategies for prevention, and future directions.

Result and Conclusion: Through surveillance, evidence-based injury prevention initiatives, and multi-disciplinary collaboration, we anticipate further reduction in childhood injuries.

Keywords:

Injury prevention, history, child, surveillance, strategies, accidents.

Affiliation:

Department of Pediatrics, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Department of Paediatrics, Schulich School of Medicine, Western University, London, ON

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