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Int J Public Health. 2015 May;60(4):449-56. doi: 10.1007/s00038-015-0665-z. Epub 2015 Mar 5.

The challenge of compiling data profiles to stimulate local preventive health action: a European case study from child safety.

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Department of International Health, School for Public Health and Primary Care (CAPHRI), Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands, denise.alexander@maastrichtuniversity.nl.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

Positive recent experience of presenting comparative child safety data at national level has instigated policy action in Europe. It was hoped a Child Safety Index could quantify how safe a community, region or locality is for its children in comparison with similar areas within Europe, as a focus for local targeted action.

METHODS:

Validated indicators proposed by previous European projects identified from areas of child injury prevention, such as road safety, burns or poisoning, were selected to give a balanced profile, and populated from available published data. An index using a sub-score for each specific injury topic was proposed. The indicators' presentation, sensitivity and appropriateness were considered, as well as data availability.

RESULTS:

Satisfactory indicators were not identified for all areas and very few local area data were available. This forced the researchers to conclude that at present, constructing a reliable Child Safety Index for use at the local level is not feasible.

CONCLUSIONS:

There is a worrying lack of data available at the sub-national level to support injury prevention, evaluate interventions, and enable informed local decision making.

PMID:
25740660
PMCID:
PMC4555205
DOI:
10.1007/s00038-015-0665-z
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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