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Department of Health's accidental injury research initiative

Ward, H; (2005) Department of Health's accidental injury research initiative. In: Behavioural research in road safety 2005: fifteenth seminar. (pp. 5-18). Department for Transport: London, UK. Green open access


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In 1999 the Government?s White Paper, Saving Lives, Our Healthier Nationidentified accidental injury as a priority for action. It set national targets to reducethe rates of death associated with accidental injury in England by 2010 by at leastone fifth; and to reduce the rate of serious injury by at least one tenth.In 2000 Heather Ward and Nicola Christie were invited by the Department of Health(DH) to undertake a strategic review of research priorities for accidental injury(Ward and Christie 2000). In our review we looked at the polices and researchprogrammes of Government Departments with responsibilities for reducingaccidental injury or of activities that might lead to injury such as sport. We alsolooked at the research programmes and spend profiles of research councils andcharitable trusts.Two of our main conclusions were:? There is a small amount of injury research aimed at a large injury problem.Multi-disciplinary research is therefore needed to bring about greaterunderstanding of the context in which accidental injury occurs.? Different funders/Departments commission research in different ways whichtends to mean that methodology cultures grow up amongst different groups ofresearchers depending on the style of research methodology favoured by thefunder. This tends to lead to little overlap in research methodology and dissemination practice between different groups of researchers engaged in injuryprevention work, which is a barrier to increasing the capacity to take forward amulti-disciplinary research agenda.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Department of Health's accidental injury research initiative
ISBN: 1904763618
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Additional information: Imported via OAI, 7:29:01 19th May 2006
UCL classification: UCL > School of BEAMS
UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1975
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