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Injury and violence: achieving population level change

In the first podcast of the year, Editor-in-Chief of Injury Prevention Rod McClure talks to Natalie Wilkins, from the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Dr Wilkins experience in the injury prevention field ranges from opioids overuse to car accidents, sports injury, child abuse and suicide. She is the guest editor of a supplement of the Injury Prevention journal titled “Achieving population level change”,...


Firearms injury. Professor David Studdert on mass shootings, health law and changing careers

In the second podcast of a series about the papers that helped shape a career in Injury Prevention, Professor Rod McClure talks to Professor David Studdert, expert in health law and empirical legal research from the Stanford Law School and Stanford University School of Medicine, USA, whose latest research career focus on the burden of injuries and deaths from firearms, especially in the wake of mass shootings. Find the Injury Prevention podcast on the journal website...


My top papers are… Rachid Salmi on escaping tigers, a bridge of death and child head trauma

The papers that helped shape a career in Injury Prevention. In the first podcast of this series, Rod McClure, Editor-in-Chief of Injury Prevention, talks to Rachid Salmi, Professor of Public Health at the Université de Bordeaux, who pursued a research topic that was "under recognised" in the 1970s. Find the Injury Prevention podcast on the journal website ( as well as on your preferred App every first Thursday of the month. More about the papers mentioned...


Structural housing elements associated with home injuries in children

In this podcast Dr Brian Johnston talks to Wendy Shields and Eileen McDonald co-authors of the paper "Structural housing elements associated with home injuries in children". Full paper >>


Spatial analysis of paediatric swimming pool submersions by housing type

Drowning is a major cause of unintentional childhood death. Along with colleagues, Rohit P Shenoi, Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital, Texas, investigated the relationship between childhood swimming pool submersions, neighbourhood sociodemographics, housing type and swimming pool location was examined in Harris County, Texas. He tells Brian Johnston what they found. Read the paper, for free:


Using the Haddon matrix: introducing the third dimension

William Haddon Jr developed his conceptual model, the Haddon matrix, by applying basic principles of public health to the problem of traffic safety. In 1998, Carol Runyan expanded on his work with the seminal paper “Using the Haddon matrix: introducing the third dimension” that expanded on the matrix and its utility by adding a decision-making dimension based on principles of policy analysis. This paper made an important contribution to the injury prevention field as it provided...


Looking back at building the evidence base for safe and active bicycling

As Injury Prevention turns 20 we're taking a look back at some of the most influential papers we've published in our Anniversary Archives, starting with Fred Rivara et al's “Epidemiology of bicycle injuries and risk factors for serious injury”. Using data from their seminal case–control study on bicycle helmet effectiveness, the study reported on crash circumstances, helmet use and injury outcomes to identify prevention opportunities. This study was part of a broader intellectual effort to...


The health care burden of illicit synthetic drug use

The Minnesota Department of Health conducted an exploratory epidemiologic investigation into the health care burden of illicit synthetic drug (ISD) use in Duluth, Minnesota. Staff reviewed medical records of 78 patients with suspected ISD use who were treated in emergency departments at two Duluth-area hospitals from January through September 2013. The analysis showed use of ISDs has the potential to create a significant burden on the health care system and public services, and that...


Patterns of vulnerability to non-fatal injuries in Sudan

Successful injury prevention requires identification and targeting of particularly vulnerable groups, but little is known about injury vulnerability patterns in Sudan. Safa Abdalla, Sudanese Public Health Consultancy Group, aimed to fill this gap using survey data, and here Brian Johnston asks her what she found. Read the full paper:


Threat of paediatric hyperthermia in an enclosed vehicle

In the USA, 384 children died due to hyperthermia between 2003 and 2012 while unattended in an enclosed vehicle. Paediatric vehicular hyperthermia persists as a highly preventable form of heat-related death. A study recently published in IP has described temperature change throughout the workday in an enclosed vehicle in Austin, Texas across the calendar year, to examine the risk of hyperthermia to children trapped in vehicles. Brian Johnston talks to lead author, Sarah V Duzinski, Trauma...


The Sports Injury Registry

This podcast focuses on the collection of high school athlete sports injury data by the University of South Florida Sports Medicine and Athletic Related Trauma Institute (SMART). SMART developed an injury surveillance tool to collect detailed sports injury risk factor and outcome data for high school athletes in west central Florida beginning in 2007. Since 2012 SMART has joined the Reporting Information Online (RIO) network for high school athletes’ sports injury data collection. The lead...


Analysis of the quantity and quality of published RCTs related to injury prevention in China

Brian Johnston talks to Guoqing Hu, Department of Epidemiology and Health Statistics, School of Public Health, Central South University, China, about what his analysis of injury prevention research published in China between 2001 and 2010 reveals. Read the full paper (for free)


Preventing deaths and injuries from house fires

Brian Johnston, IP Editor in Chief, talks to Gregory Istre and Mary McCoy, Injury Prevention Center of Greater Dallas, about their latest research into the impact of community-based smoke alarm distribution programmes on the occurrence of house fire-related deaths and injuries. Read the full research:


Sports concussion: Issues and controversies

Sports concussion, especially among youth, has become a topic of major interest to parents, athletes, coaches and physicians. While much is known about the topic, there is a great deal that is not known, especially about concussions in children. Dr Fred Rivara, Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Pediatrics, University of Washington discusses some of the current issues and controversies.


A year on from Sandy Hook: Why is US funding for research on gun violence still being blocked?

December 14, 2013, is the one year anniversary of the shootings at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newton, Connecticut, USA, in which 20 young children were massacred. Dr Fred Rivara, professor of pediatrics, University of Washington, Seattle, discusses the need for research on gun violence, and the reasons that funding for this has been blocked in the US for almost two decades. The Institute of Medicine report, Priorities for Research to Reduce the Threat of Firearm-Related Violence, is...


IP podcast - Economic Disparity And Childhood Mortality Due To Injury In Europe

Read the full research online: Brian Johnston, IP editor, talks to Mathilde Sengoelge from the Department of Public Health Sciences, at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. They discuss the Editor's choice manuscript, Country-level economic disparity and child mortality related to housing and injuries: a study in 26 European countries


Acute occupational injury among adolescent farmworkers from South Texas

Brian Johnston, IP Editor in Chief, talks to Eva Shipp, from the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the School of Rural Public Health in Texas, about her latest research into injury rates amongst adolescent, migrant farmworkers in Starr county, South Texas. Read the full research :


Greening vacant lots reduces violent injury

In Philadelphia, the local authority has undertaken a project to green vacant lots, with the aim of improving the city. Research by Charles Branas, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania, has shown that not only did this have the desired aesthetic effect, it also lead to a reduction in violent crime in those areas. He joins Brian Johnston, IP's editor in chief, to discuss his work. Read the full research:


Risk and protective behaviours for residential carbon monoxide poisoning

Unintentional, non-fire-related carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning is a leading cause of poisoning death and injury in the USA. Most residential poisonings are preventable, so how to get people to adopt these protective behaviours? IP editor Brian Johnston talks to Douglas Rupert, Health Communication Program, RTI International, and Scott Damon, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about what their research looking at the question revealed. See also: Risk and protective behaviours for...


Data sharing for prevention

Can emergency department data sharing help prevent violence and alcohol-related harm? Editor Brain Johnston talks to Karen Hughes (behavioural epidemiologist, Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University) about the way data is integration into multi-agency policy and practice in the North West of England, and the role this played in driving local violence prevention activity. See also: Data sharing for prevention: a case study in the development of a comprehensive emergency...