Using Local Injury Surveillance for Community-Based Injury Prevention: an Analysis of Scandinavian WHO Safe Community and Canadian Safe Community Foundation Programs
2007 (English)In: International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion, ISSN 1745-7300, Vol. 14, no 1, 35-43 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Injury surveillance is widely recognized as a critical prerequisite for effective injury prevention, yet few studies have investigated its use by community-based injury prevention programmes. This study examined the extent to which local injury data were collected, documented, analysed, linked to injury prevention action and used for evaluation among WHO Safe Communities in Scandinavia (25 programmes) and the Canadian Safe Community Foundation (SCF) network (16 programmes). For each programme, a key informant with relevant local knowledge was selected to respond to an emailed questionnaire. The study demonstrates that community-based injury prevention programmes experience difficulties accessing and effectively utilizing local injury surveillance data. The findings suggest that the responding SCF programmes approach injury prevention more scientifically than the Scandinavian WHO-designated Safe Community programmes, by making greater use of injury surveillance for assessment, integration into prevention strategies and measures, and evaluation. Despite study limitations, such as the low response rate among Canadian programmes and a large number of non-responses to two questions, the results highlight the importance of, and need for, greater use of local injury surveillance.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. Vol. 14, no 1, 35-43 p.
wounds & injuries, prevention, community organization, questionnaires, response rates, Scandinavia, Canada, community-based injury surveillance
National CategoryMedical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-13877DOI: 10.1080/17457300600864447OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-13877DiVA: diva2:22090