By David H. Stone
Injuries are not random events. They are predictable and avoidable, and yet they are the largest single cause of mortality in children and young people. Governments, professionals, and public health agencies around the world now recognize the huge toll of avoidable suffering and expenditure that is caused by injuries. Moreover, such injuries are strongly socially-patterned, disproportionately affecting disadvantaged individuals, families, and communities, and thereby contributing to health inequalities. Over the past few decades, a formidable amount of research evidence has accumulated that will guide practitioners and policy makers in child injury prevention. The full implementation of the existing body of evidence can substantially reduce the incidence and impact of injuries. This informal, yet authoritative, introductory text - written for both graduate and undergraduate students - summarizes the key principles of child injury prevention and discusses how these may be translated most effectively into practice. With its public health perspective, the book is also informative for professionals and policy makers working in injury prevention.