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Home and leisure injury prevention. Part 2: an infrastructure for injury control.
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Position papers from The Third National Injury Control Conference: Setting the national agenda for injury control in the 1990s, April 22-25, 1991, Denver, Colorado. Atlanta, GA: National Center for Environmental Health and Injury Control, 1992 Apr; :295-324
Injury is the leading cause of death and disability among this country's children and young adults, killing more Americans between the ages of 1 and 34 years than all diseases combined. Injuries rob Americans of more years of working life than all forms of cancer and heart disease and cost this Nation between $150 and $200 billion annually. Yet injury research receives only 2 cents out of every federal dollar devoted to research on health problems. And despite the fact that millions of Americans experience firsthand the loss of a loved one or witness the irrevocable changes that disabilities cause in the health and livelihood of those who are injured, people too often continue to perceive injuries as random encounters with fate. The tragic consequences of injuries are compounded by the fact that they are, in many cases, preventable. During the next decade, implementation of the recommendations in this position paper will reduce the unacceptable and largely preventable toll that injuries take on our society. To achieve significant and lasting progress, however, we need an infrastructure for injury control that will coordinate efforts, avoid unnecessary duplication, ensure and sustain the continuity of resources, train a cadre of injury control researchers and practitioners, and develop and maintain standardized surveillance systems to identify problems, target interventions, and evaluate progress in preventing injuries and reducing their severity.
Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Accidents; Accident-prevention; Surveillance-programs; Burns; Substance-abuse
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Position papers from The Third National Injury Control Conference: Setting the national agenda for injury control in the 1990s, April 22-25, 1991, Denver, Colorado
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