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- public health
- policy analysis
- behaviour change
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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