Letters Data sharing to reduce violence

Why public health must contribute to reduce violence

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d4453 (Published 19 July 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4453
  1. V Sivarajasingam, reader1,
  2. J P Shepherd, professor1,
  3. R G Newcombe, professor1
  1. 1Violence and Society Research Group, School of Dentistry, Cardiff University, Cardiff CF14 4XY, UK
  1. sivarajasingam{at}cardiff.ac.uk

Florence and colleagues found that systematic collection, analysis, and use of anonymised emergency department recorded information on violence significantly reduced violence related hospital admissions.1

Although violence has long been a public health matter, there is ambivalence in making it a health priority. After all, crime reduction is the responsibility of government departments other than …

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