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The PAPM, Diffusion Theory, and Violent Death Surveillance

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Objective : To Apply the PAPM and Diffusion Theory for building a statewide coroner investigation system to further violent death prevention efforts.

Methods : By utilizing a theoretically based framework and systematically tracking stage progression, individual agencies and/or state systems can replicate and sustain the process.

Results : Through the incorporation of the combined models, 82 of Kentucky's 120 coroner offices currently collect the same informationno replicate information existed 4 years ago.

Conclusion : This study demonstrates the utility of theory as a foundation for encouraging adoption of innovation and shows an effective way to coordinate information in a timely manner with limited cost.
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Keywords: PAPM; centralized reporting; coroner; diffusion theory; investigative reporting; violent death reporting; web-based system

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2007-09-01

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