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Global injury surveillance: opportunities and challenges
  1. Joyce C Pressley1,
  2. Michael J Mello2
  1. 1Columbia University, New York, New York, USA
  2. 2Rhode Island Injury Prevention Center, Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Michael J Mello, Rhode Island Injury Prevention Center, Rhode Island Hospital, Claverick 2, 592 Eddy Street, Providence, Rhode Island 02903, USA; mjmello{at}

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Historically, before injury began to emerge as a recognised scientific field, injury surveillance was viewed as a process with the primary aim of collecting data—more complete data, more timely data—but still data collection. Injury surveillance is a broader concept that extends beyond data collection to include analysis, interpretation of findings, dissemination, evaluation and data limitations.1–4 Surveillance is the foundation of injury prevention as it can: facilitate identification of emerging issues and high-risk populations; quantify issues related to injury disparities in vulnerable populations; track trends and inform programme design, redesign and evaluation for development of more targeted, effective interventions.

Organisational collaboration to advance global injury surveillance

Four associations of injury researchers and practitioners hosted a session entitled ‘Global Injury Surveillance—Opportunities and Challenges’ at the 10th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion. Issues addressed by panellists included: (1) methodology for population-based injury surveillance; (2) …

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