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Transitions and prospects
  1. Brian D Johnston
  1. Correspondence to Dr Brian D Johnston, Department of Pediatrics, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98104, USA; bdj{at}uw.edu

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This issue marks the end of my 10-year term as editor-in-chief of Injury Prevention. Rod McClure, the incoming editor, will assume his responsibilities with the next volume. I am extraordinarily pleased with his selection and look forward to seeing the evolution of the journal under his competent stewardship. As the transition approaches, I would like to offer a few thoughts and ideas from my time with the journal and the privileged position it has given me to observe our field and the many academics and practitioners who work therein.

I believe we have made progress over the last decade. It’s an exciting time to work in injury control. New opportunities and new issues arise daily. And while I don’t presume to know what is best for the field, there are some overarching themes that I think bear recognition.

We are getting bett er at gathering data for prevention. The Global Burden of Disease estimates are remarkable in their scope and inclusiveness1; they should drive policy and priority setting. But to do so, they must be updated continuously, their models tested and refined against available data, and their limits recognised. If there are gaps in the raw data needed to generate meaningful regional, national, or subnational estimates, we must identify these and call for their collection. One-off well-conducted community surveys are likely to be more useful in these …

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