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J Community Health. 2013 Feb;38(1):205-14. doi: 10.1007/s10900-012-9594-4.

Safe communities in China as a strategy for injury prevention and safety promotion programmes in the era of rapid economic growth.

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School of Public Health, Key Laboratory of Public Health Safety, Ministry of Education, Fudan University, Shanghai, China. smwang@fudan.edu.cn

Abstract

Due to its rapid economic development, China is facing a huge health, social, and economic burden resulting from injuries. The study's objective was to examine Safe Communities in China as a strategy for injury prevention and safety promotion programmes in the era of rapid economic growth. Literature searches in English and Chinese, which included grey literature, were performed on the Chinese Journal Full-text Search System and Medline, using the words "Safe Community", "injury", "economics", and "prevention". The results showed that the existing 35 recognized members of the International Safe Community Network have not placed due emphasis on suicide prevention, which is one of the leading problems in both rural and urban China. A few groups, such as children, the elderly, cyclists, and pedestrians, have received due emphasis, while other vulnerable groups, such as migrant workers, motorcyclists, students, players, and farmers have not received the necessary attention from the Safe Community perspective. As the evidence describes, Safe Communities in China can be a very effective strategy for injury prevention, but four aspects need to be strengthened in the future: (1) establish and strengthen the policy and regulations in terms of injury prevention at the national level; (2) create a system to involve professional organizations and personnel in projects; (3) consider the economic development status of different parts of China; and (4) intentional injury prevention should receive greater attention.

PMID:
22878900
PMCID:
PMC3547238
DOI:
10.1007/s10900-012-9594-4
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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