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167 e-Letters

  • Editor's Reply: Regulations, legislation, and classification
    Barry Pless

    Editor's Reply

    Mea culpa. Guilty as charged, and very sorry to mislead... certainly not setting a shining example, as Editors should. I read the original article too hastily and missed the point. If readers of Lois Fingerhut's letter agree that my editorial is severely misleading, perhaps we should print an erratum. What do you think? In any event, please re-read Lois's letter for an accurate description of the Bare...

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  • Re: Regulations, legislation, and classification
    L A Fingerhut

    Dear Editor

    I just received the latest issue of Injury Prevention (June 2002) and was pleased to note that an editorial had been written about the Barell matrix.[1] However, when I read it, I thought- "no, something has been misunderstood!" Unfortunately, the editorial gives the reader the impression that the Barell matrix is one whose two dimensions are the:
    1. ICD-9 CM injury diagnosis...

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  • Complementary review required
    John D Langley

    Dear Editor

    The study described by Rivara et al., which identifies intervention research in specific areas that warrant systematic review, needs to complemented by a similar study which identifies priorities for primary research.[1] Clearly, the size of the problem would be one criteria. Another equally important issue would be how many resources are currently being devoted to the issue. For example, drownin...

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  • Visual impairment and risk of falls and fracture
    Rebecca Q Ivers

    Dear Editor

    We welcome the article from Legood and colleagues on visual impairment and risk of injury.[1] More results from the Blue Mountains Eye Study which may be of interest o readers have recently been published. In June 2002 we published a paper in Osteoporosis International detailing visual and other risk factors for wrist, shoulder and ankle fractures in the Blue Mountains Eye Study.[2] Although no visual ris...

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  • Trend not seen in England
    Richard C Wilson

    Dear Editor

    Lyman et al. report an increasing trend for the over 70s to be involved in fatal crashes in the US. It is possible to replicate part of their study for England using the Office of National Statistics (ONS) Death Statistics. These data are coded using ICD9 and hence a motor vehicle accident is coded in the range E810 to E819.

    The death rates per 100,000 population were calculated using O...

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  • Risk compensation
    Richard L Hockey

    Dear Editor

    I would suggest that if there is a risk compensation affect with respect to bicycle helmets it would be very short lived. As any cyclist knows even with a helmet it still hurts like hell when you fall off!

  • Violence in Pakistan and the empirical nature of the exploration
    Adnan A Hyder
    Dear Editor

    I welcome the paper by Chotani et al on violence in Pakistan and the empirical nature of the exploration.[1] It is also encouraging to see Injury Prevention raise the issue of violence in developing countries, as it is a neglected health problem. However, from the Pakistani context, there are several contextual and explanatory points that are needed to clarify some of the issues raised in the paper...

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