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New Book Examines Trends in Injury Research


Susan P. Baker, professor and founding director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy, and Guohua Li, alumni of the Center and professor of epidemiology at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, have published a new reference book on the methods and approaches underpinning the scientific discipline of injury control and prevention.

Baker and Li brought together a team of global experts from public health, medicine, engineering and behavioral and social sciences to write about the latest advances in theories and methods for understanding the causes, mechanisms and outcomes of injury as well as the strategies to prevent injuries. The 36 chapters are written leaders in inury researcher, including several Center faculty: Shannon Frattaroli (Qualitative Methods),  Renan Castillo (Functional Outcomes), David Bishai (Injury Costing Frameworks), and Andrea Gielen and Eileen McDonald (Behavioral Approach).

Called a “bedrock text” for researchers by the publisher, Springer, the reference text is recomended for anyone interested in violence prevention, emergency medical services, trauma care, risk assessment, crash investigation and litigation, and vehicle, occupational, recreational and home safety.

Issues explored include:

  • Injury is no longer considered a result of bad luck; it is not simply an “act of god.”
  • Injury is predictable, preventable, and treatable, and  even in a crash, fall, or shooting, there are effective interventions to lessen the risk, severity, and outcome of an injury.
  • Injury is now widely recognized as a health problem, and in the field of public health and medicine, the word accident is avoided by mentioning the crash, poisoning, fall, or other injury-producing event.
  • Injury is the subject of rigorous inquiries and interventions from multiple disciplines.

The downloadable version of the book is online at here.