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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2010, 7(3), 1002-1017; doi:10.3390/ijerph7031002

GIS and Injury Prevention and Control: History, Challenges, and Opportunities

Department of Geography, Simon Fraser University, 8888 University Drive, Burnaby, British Columbia, V5A 1S6, Canada
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Received: 5 January 2009 / Revised: 20 February 2010 / Accepted: 8 March 2010 / Published: 11 March 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Epidemiology)
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Intentional and unintentional injury is the leading cause of death and potential years of life lost in the first four decades of life in industrialized countries around the world. Despite surgical innovations and improved access to emergency care, research has shown that certain populations remain particularly vulnerable to the risks and consequences of injury. Recent evidence has shown that the analytical, data linkage, and mapping tools of geographic information systems (GIS) technology provide can further address these determinants and identify populations in need. This paper traces the history of injury prevention and discusses current and future challenges in furthering our understanding of the determinants of injury through the use of GIS.
Keywords: injury prevention; geographic information systems (GIS); social determinants injury prevention; geographic information systems (GIS); social determinants
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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Bell, N.; Schuurman, N. GIS and Injury Prevention and Control: History, Challenges, and Opportunities. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2010, 7, 1002-1017.

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