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Motala Municipality - a sustainable Safe Community in Sweden
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Preventive and Social Medicine and Public Health Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
2012 (English)In: International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion, ISSN 1745-7300, Vol. 19, no 3, 249-259 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

An extensive research project concerning injury prevention was planned and initiated in Motala Municipality in the early 1980s. This article summarises 25 years of work for injury prevention and safety promotion in Motala. Evaluation of both process and effect were conducted based on a quasi-experimental study design, as well as cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analyses of interventions. Initial evaluations results showed an annual incidence of injuries of 118.9/1000 citizens in 1983/1984 consisting of injuries at home (35%), sports injuries (18.9%), injuries at work (13.7%), traffic-related injuries (12.8%) and other injuries (19.5%). The annual social economic costs of injuries were estimated at 116 million Swedish crowns (SEK). By 1989, after two years of preventive work, the incidence of injuries was reduced by 13%. The greatest decrease was among the moderate severity category of injuries (41%). The social economic costs were thereby reduced by 21 million SEK per year. Since then, work with injury prevention has continued and annual evaluations have shown that the incidence of injuries, with some fluctuation, has continued to decrease up to the latest evaluation in 2008. The total decrease during the study period was 37%. This study shows that community-based injury prevention work according to the Safe Community model is a successful and cost-effective way of reducing injuries in the local community.

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Taylor and Francis: STM, Behavioural Science and Public Health Titles / Taylor and Francis , 2012. Vol. 19, no 3, 249-259 p.
Keyword [en]
safe community, safety promotion, evaluation
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Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-84543DOI: 10.1080/17457300.2012.692692ISI: 000308133200011OAI: diva2:560157
Available from: 2012-10-12 Created: 2012-10-12 Last updated: 2012-10-12

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