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Are national injury prevention and research efforts matching the distribution of injuries across sectors?
  1. Henrik Jaldell1,
  2. Linda Ryen1,2,
  3. Björn Sund1,2,
  4. Ragnar Andersson3
  1. 1Department of Economics, Karlstad University, Karlstad, Sweden
  2. 2The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, Karlstad, Sweden
  3. 3Karlstad University, Centre for Public Safety, Karlstad, Sweden
  1. Correspondence to Dr Henrik Jaldell, Universitetsgatan, Karlstad 651 88, Sweden; Henrik.Jaldell{at}kau.se

Abstract

In 2011, 88% of all unintentional injury fatalities occurred in home and leisure environments in Sweden, while transportation fatalities accounted for 10% and work/school injuries for 2%. The corresponding proportions among non-fatal injuries were 75, 12 and 13%, respectively. However, 83% of the national governmental expenditure on unintentional injury prevention in 2011 was allocated to transportation safety, 7% to home and leisure, and 10% to the work sector including schools. Likewise, around 85% of the governmental research budget aimed for unintentional injury research was allocated to the transportation sector, 9% to home and leisure environments, and 6% to the work and school sector. Our results reveal a striking lack of correspondence between problem profile and governmental countermeasures.

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