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The new emphasis on implementing evidence-based interventions: the end of research or a new beginning for partnerships?
  1. Andrea C Gielen1,2,
  2. Shannon Frattaroli1,2,
  3. Michael A Yonas2,3,
  4. Richard W Sattin2,4,
  5. Jeff Levi5
  1. 1Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
  2. 2Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research, Washington DC, USA
  3. 3Department of Family Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
  4. 4Department of Emergency Medicine, Georgia Health Sciences University, Augusta, Georgia, USA
  5. 5Trust for America's Health, Washington DC, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Andrea Gielen, Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy, 624 N. Broadway, Room 554, Baltimore, MD 21205, USA; agielen{at}

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Although injury remains a costly and deadly problem worldwide, the science and practice of injury prevention continues to produce effective interventions. Seat belts reduce the risk of death and injury, and primary enforcement is an effective strategy for implementing these laws. Child safety seats protect children from crash forces, and combining legislation, education and product distribution strategies increases their use. Specific multi-component exercise programmes reduce falls in older adults. These and many other examples are the result of decades of research to identify risk factors and develop and test interventions in real world settings.

It is not surprising then that implementation and dissemination of proven effective policies and programmes are high priorities for the field, given the extent of evidence-based and promising interventions now available.1 What are, therefore, the implications …

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