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The prevention of childhood unintentional injury

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Liz Towner, Dr John Towner


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Unintentional injury is the main cause of death and a major cause of ill health and disability in childhood. A steeper social gradient is found for injury than any other cause of death. Children are particularly vulnerable to injury because of their physical, psychological and behavioural characteristics. However, injuries can be prevented or reduced in severity by a variety of methods: education and training, provision of safety devices, environmental modification and legislation and its enforcement. A combination of methods is often important. Paediatricians have an important role to play in the prevention of childhood injuries: in data collection, individual education and counselling and in advocacy. © 2001 Harcourt Publishers Ltd.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Towner E, Towner J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Current Paediatrics

Year: 2001

Volume: 11

Issue: 6

Pages: 403-408

ISSN (print): 0957-5839

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Publisher: Harcourt Publishers, Ltd.


DOI: 10.1054/cupe.2001.0227


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