Injury and inequalities: bridging the gap

Int J Inj Contr Saf Promot. 2005 Jun;12(2):79-84. doi: 10.1080/15660970500073682.


Great variations occur in injury mortality and morbidity, which reflect the individual's age, gender, social and economic group, cultural and ethnic group and the place in which they live. This paper concentrates on social and economic factors and their relationship with injuries in higher income countries. Particular attention is paid to childhood injuries. The paper addresses the question of how it is possible to bridge the gap related to disadvantage and injury, through the examination of descriptive, explanatory and intervention studies and policy initiatives. Progress on addressing the gap is still in its early stages, with many research gaps related to explanatory and intervention studies and few examples of policy initiatives.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Accident Prevention
  • Accidents / statistics & numerical data*
  • Child
  • Child Welfare*
  • Global Health*
  • Health Policy
  • Humans
  • Risk Factors
  • Socioeconomic Factors*
  • Vulnerable Populations*
  • Wounds and Injuries / epidemiology*
  • Wounds and Injuries / prevention & control