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    Documents such as the 1999 IOM report on injury prevention call for increasing the public's understanding of preventability; what does the public think? A random digit dial telephone survey in the United States queried 943 adults on the proportion of various causes of injury deaths that they believed were preventable. Respondents believed that 70% of accidental poisonings could be prevented, 67% of drownings, 62% of fire deaths and motor vehicle crash deaths, and 53% of fall deaths. On average, 56% of injury deaths were thought preventable. The respondents were also asked about their own risk taking proclivity, personal history of serious injury, and perceived alcohol involvement in the above injury causes, as well as various sociodemographic questions. People who had been hospitalized as a result of a motor vehicle crash were more likely to believe that motor vehicle deaths could be prevented. Younger respondents were more likely to believe that deaths due to poison, drowning, and crashes could be prevented. Is this a result of the development of the injury prevention movement over the past 30 years? (


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