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Advocacy is critical to the passage of injury prevention policies. We need look no further than motor vehicle safety laws and regulations to see the effect that such policies can have on injury morbidity and mortality. Policies can also influence research directions, funding priorities and organisational practices.
In order to make sound policy, decision-makers need succinct, accurate and timely information. Policymakers and their staff may not read scientific journals, or know who to call for advice, but establishing personal contact can facilitate the use of scientific evidence.1 Educating policymakers about the science of injury and violence prevention, and advocating for the resources to support research and implementation, are essential but not sufficient. Advocacy also involves the broad discussion of possible solutions to problems.
Injury and violence prevention researchers and practitioners are in the best position to inform policymakers about injury prevention policy solutions and …
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