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Injury Research

Theories, Methods, and Approaches

Li, Guohua, Baker, Susan P. (Eds.)

2014, XXII, 676 p. 109 illus.

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  • First text focusing on contemporary injury research methods, illustrated by real examples
  • Covers recent developments in theories, methods, concepts, and techniques in injury research
  • Includes quantitative, qualitative, experimental, and observational methods from multiple disciplines

Injury Research

Theories, Methods, and Approaches

Guohua Li and Susan Baker, editors


From the long-held popular belief, “accidents will happen,” it is now recognized that this needn’t be the case. More and more, injury is being seen as no accident, not only predictable, but preventable—and an important public health issue requiring rigorous study and multiple levels of intervention.


To this end, Injury Research: Theories, Methods, and Approaches assembles a team of multidisciplinary experts from around the globe. Early chapters provide a solid foundation for gathering injury data and monitoring trends. Research methods and injury-reduction approaches gleaned from public health,

medicine, engineering, behavioral science, and other areas demonstrate both the intricacies of causation and the potential for intervention. The result is an authoritative and comprehensive textbook relevant for anyone planning to enter a career in injury control and prevention.


Featured in the coverage:


·         Methodological and technical issues in injury surveillance

·         Concepts and methods for understanding causes of injury, from epidemiology to ergonomics to forensic pathology

·         Methods and theories in measuring injury severity and for improving survival and functional outcomes, from patient triage to clinical prognosis to economic valuation

·         Statistical methods and modeling techniques particularly well-suited for injury data analysis

·         Multidisciplinary perspectives on injury control and program evaluation  



Injury Research is a bedrock text for graduate students studying injury and violence epidemiology as part of a Master’s in Public Health program.  Graduate students in related fields including emergency medicine, biomechanical engineering, transportation safety, urban planning, risk assessment, and criminal justice will find this book an important reference as well.


“The first textbook that comprehensively presents the theories and methods of injury research — from the way ergonomics can reduce injuries to the effect of trauma-center systems on an injured person’s chances of survival.” – New York Times

Content Level » Graduate

Keywords » Accident - adverse effects - adverse events - aging - aviation safety - behavioral science - biomarker - biomechanics - child abuse - crashes - drowning - elderly - epidemiology - evaluation - falls - fire - injury control - medical error - motor vehicle crash - occupational safety - patient safety - transportation safety

Related subjects » Medicine - Public Health

Table of contents 

Part I. Injury Surveillance.- Chapter 1. Surveillance of Injury Mortality.- Chapter 2. Surveillance of Injury Morbidity.- Chapter 3. Injury Surveillance in Special Populations.- Chapter 4. Surveillance of Traumatic Brain Injury.- Part II. Injury Causation.- Chapter 5. Forensic Patholoy.- Chapter 6.Determination of Injury Mechanisms.- Chapter 7. Ergonomics.- Chapter 8. Experimental Methods.- Chapter 9. Epidemiologic Methods.- Chapter 10.- Qualitative Methods.- Chapter 11. Environmental Determinants.- Chapter 12. Behavioral Determinants.- Part III. Injury Outcome.- Chapter 13. Injury Profiling.- Chapter 14. Injury Severity Scaling.- Chapter 15. Triage.- Chapter 16. Prediction Rules.- Chapter 17. Biomarkers of Traumatic Injuries.- Chapter 18. Functional Outcomes.- Chapter 19. Injury Costing Frameworks.- Part IV. Analytical Approaches.- Chapter 20. Statistical Considerations.- Chapter 21. Video Data Analysis.- Chapter 22. Age-Period-Cohort Modeling.- Chapter 23. Multilevel Modeling.- Chapter 24. Geographic Information Systems.- Chapter 25. Spatial Regression.- Chapter 26. Social Network Analysis.- Part V.  Approaches to Injury Reduction.- Chapter 27. Legal Approach.- Chapter 28. Public Policy.- Chapter 29. Environmental Approach.- Chapter 30. Technological Approach.- Chapter 31. Behavioral Approach.- Chapter 32. EMS and Trauma Systems.- Chapter 33. Systems Approach to Patient Safety.- Chapter 34. Intervention in Low-Income Countries.- Chapter 35. Implementing and Evaluating Interventions.- Chapter 36. Economic Evaluation of Interventions.

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