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Int J Inj Contr Saf Promot. 2006 Sep;13(3):133-8.

Estimating population-based injury prevention practices.

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Injury Prevention and Trauma Care Division, The George Institute for International Health, The University of Sydney, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, NSW 2050, Australia.


This study piloted a survey suitable to generate statewide prevalence estimates for injury prevention practices and/or behaviours. A number of prevalence estimates of injury prevention practices and/or behaviours were generated in the pilot. For example, the prevalence of a household smoke alarm was high (732/1000 households) and yet only 44% of households had tested the functionality of the alarm in the 12 months preceding the survey. Findings of this kind point to an increasing need for primary care practitioners to play a leading role in targeting preventive strategies for injury. In addition, the survey methods and approach highlight the value of such information to health departments and non-government agencies in terms of targeting priority injury risk behaviours and the evaluation of injury-related intervention programmes. The survey has been designed so the methods can be applied nationally and internationally.

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