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Sharing emergency department data with police could reduce violence

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7574.877 (Published 26 October 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:877
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    Emergency departments should collect information on assaults and share it with police and local authorities in an effort to control violence, the Academy of Medical Sciences said last week.

    The call came at a meeting in London on the science of violence, after members heard research findings from Jonathan Shepherd of Cardiff University showing that hospitals record many attacks that are never reported to police.

    “About three quarters of the violence related injuries treated in emergency departments come from assaults that were never reported to the police,” Professor Shepherd told the BMJ. “Pooling …

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