Letters

Data on leisure accidents and injuries should be collated centrally

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7034.844c (Published 30 March 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:844
  1. Sally O'Driscoll,
  2. Harry Campbell
  1. Senior registrar Department of Public Health Sciences, Tayside Health Board, Dundee DD1 9NL
  2. Senior lecturer Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Edinburgh, Medical School, Edinburgh EH8 9AG

    EDITOR,—We welcome Urho M Kujala and colleagues' paper on acute sports injuries in Finland.1 The data that the authors present are also collected in 18 British hospitals by the national leisure accident surveillance scheme.2 Last year we reviewed the data for 1991; we estimate that there were roughly 285000 new attendances at accident and emergency departments for accidental injuries sustained during leisure activities and 82000 for sporting injuries in Scotland. These represented 24% and …

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