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Am J Public Health. 1992 May;82(5):745-6.

Newspapers: a source for injury surveillance?

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University of North Carolina, Department of Maternal and Child Health, Chapel Hill.

Abstract

Newspapers have not been extensively evaluated as an injury surveillance source. We compared clippings with medical examiner records for 45 residential fire deaths and 58 drownings of children to assess extent, completeness, and accuracy of newspaper coverage. Newspapers covered 96% of the fire fatalities and 78% of the drownings and contained more information than medical examiner records on several factors, including fire cause and smoke detector presence, pool fences, warning signs, and supervision of children.

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1566958
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PMC1694136
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