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Injury prevention and control: the public health approach 

Injury prevention and control: the public health approach
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Injury prevention and control: the public health approach
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Corinne Peek-Asa

and Adnan Hyder

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199661756.003.0222
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date: 18 September 2019

Injuries are among the leading causes of death and disability throughout the world and contribute disproportionately to premature life lost. According to analyses of the 2010 Global Burden of Disease data, injuries cause over 5 million deaths per year, accounting for nearly 10 per cent of all deaths and more than 11 per cent of disability-adjusted life years. Injury rates are highest among low- and middle-income countries. Many opportunities to implement injury prevention strategies exist, and a systematic approach to injury prevention can help identify the most effective and efficient approaches. Building capacity for injury prevention activities in low- and middle-income countries is an important public health priority. This chapter presents the current state of knowledge regarding the burden of injuries and introduces the basic concepts of building injury prevention infrastructure and capacity.

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