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Injuries, Injury Prevention and Public Health

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Objectives: To introduce the readers to the field of injury prevention and comprehensive public health intervention approaches. Methods: A review of injury epidemiology, statistics, definitions, intervention approaches, and the importance of health promotion is provided. Results: Behavioral, environmental, and technological solutions will be necessary to reduce or eliminate the factors that lead to injury. Conclusions: Reductions in injury and their costs will need the support, collaboration, and partnering of several disciplines. The use of sound behavioral and social science theories and methods will be an essential component of intervention effectiveness.

Keywords: accidents; behavioral science; health promotion; injury; public health

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA. 2: Department of Community and Family Health, College of Public Health, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL. 3: Office of Statistics and Programming, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA.

Publication date: April 1, 2004

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  • The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.

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