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Better evidence must be collected on childhood injuries

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 27 November 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1432
  1. T T Ohn, clinical assistant (research),
  2. M G Miller, consultant paediatrician,
  3. G Sparks, head of department (
  1. Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, Huddersfield HD3 3EA
  2. Behavioural Science Department, Huddersfield University, Huddersfield HD1 2DH

    EDITOR—The data presented by Sibert et al on preventing playground injuries are crucial for future evidence based interventions in injury prevention.1 Nevertheless, the primary step of collecting evidence, especially quality causal information, for paediatric injuries is still a major challenge. Despite the gradual development of surveillance centres in England,2 information on injuries still remains inadequate. In particular, reliable morbidity data that could be translated into preventive strategies are still rare in many areas. Kirklees, west Yorkshire, is one such area, and we report the paediatric fractures there. …

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