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Advancing injury prevention in China
  1. Guoqing Hu1,
  2. Rebecca Q Ivers2,3,
  3. Henry Xiang4
  1. 1 Department of Epidemiology and Health Statistics, Xiangya School of Public Health, Central South University, Changsha, China
  2. 2 The George Institute for Global Health, University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  3. 3 School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  4. 4 Center for Injury Research and Policy, The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, Ohio, USA
  1. Correspondence to Professor Rebecca Q Ivers, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia; rebecca.ivers{at}unsw.edu.au

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With an average gross domestic product (GDP) growth of nearly 10% per year over the past few decades, China has demonstrated the most rapid sustained economic growth of any major economy in history. However, with economic growth has also come growth in injuries. In 2016, China had 773 268 injury deaths, accounting for 17% of global injury deaths; the proportion of injury deaths in China was also significantly higher than that for combined deaths from communicable, maternal, neonatal and nutritional diseases in the same year (2%), according to the estimates by the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study group.1 In China, deaths caused by injuries accounted for 8% of all-disease deaths in 2016.1

To highlight China’s challenges and achievements in injury control and research with international communities, we coordinated this China-themed issue of Injury Prevention. This specific issue includes 10 papers, covering a diverse range of topics. It is notable that most contributing authors are resident in China, highlighting the growing number of local researchers contributing to the generation of research evidence on injury prevention.

Four studies examined recent trends in injury mortality for specific causes at national …

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