Adolescent injuries

Qingfeng Li and Adnan A Hyder

in Oxford Textbook of Global Health of Women, Newborns, Children, and Adolescents

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Published in print December 2018 | ISBN: 9780198794684
Published online March 2019 | e-ISBN: 9780191836145 | DOI:
Adolescent injuries

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Injuries are the leading cause of mortality and morbidity for children 10–19 years old globally. Low and middle-income countries account for a burden of injuries disproportionate to their population, vehicle possession, and economic activities. Common types of unintentional injuries include road traffic crashes, drowning, burns, and falls. Self-harm is the most common type of intentional injury globally. Major barriers to injury prevention are lack of quality data on injury epidemiology, misperception of injuries as ‘accidents’, insufficient funding, and the multi-sectorial nature of injury prevention. Previous studies and experience, mostly from high-income countries, have identified a set of effective and cost-effective interventions to prevent child injuries. Evidence-based and well-enforced legislation is a highly effective tool in preventing injuries. Enhanced multi-sectorial effort is required to achieve development goals on injuries, including the sustainable development goal (SDG) target 3.6: by 2020, halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic injuries.

Chapter.  2497 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health ; Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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