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Injury control: an opportunity for China
  1. G Hu1,2,
  2. T D Baker3,
  3. G Li4,
  4. S P Baker5
  1. 1
    Department of Epidemiology and Health Statistics, School of Public Health, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan, China
  2. 2
    Center for Injury Research and Policy, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
  3. 3
    Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
  4. 4
    Department of Epidemiology, Columbia University, New York, New York, USA
  5. 5
    Center for Injury Research and Policy, Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
  1. Dr S P Baker, Center for Injury Research and Policy, Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 624 North Broadway, MD 21205, USA; sbaker{at}jhsph.edu

Abstract

Injury control is an important health issue in China, but has been less well explored than in other countries. To encourage health policy makers to give greater attention to injury control, this report highlights the great damage caused by injuries and the neglected status of injury control in China. China’s situation and the experiences and lessons from industrialized countries, especially the USA, are summarized. Finally, two opportunities to improve injury control in China are identified: establishment of a mechanism for multi-department coordination and collaboration; and improvement of injury data surveillance.

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