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WHO to develop guide to promote standardised documentation of deaths due to injuries and violence
  1. J Ozanne-Smith1,
  2. K Bartolomeos2,
  3. N Grills3
  1. 1
    Department of Forensic Medicine, Monash University and Monash University WHO Collaborating Centre for Violence, Injuries and Disabilities, Melbourne, Australia
  2. 2
    WHO Department for Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability, Geneva, Switzerland
  3. 3
    Victorian Government Public Health Fellow, Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, Southbank, Victoria, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Ms K Bartolomeos, Technical Officer, WHO Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability, 20 Avenue Appia, 1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland; bartolomeosk{at}

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Effective injury prevention decision-making and priority-setting require consistent and comparable data on the burden of, and circumstances leading to, injuries and violence. In many high-income and some middle-income countries, vital registration (eg, death certificates) are the usual source of mortality data. However, in many low-income countries, mortality data are missing altogether. Even in countries where vital registration data exist, they are fragmented and in many cases incomplete. Death registration data containing usable information on the cause of death are lacking from 82 (43%) countries—most …

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