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Rising mortality from injury in urban China: demographic burden, underlying causes and policy implications

Zhao, Jiaying; Tu, Edward Jow-Ching; McMurray, Christine; Sleigh, Adrian

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In urban China, mortality from injuries has increased over the past five decades. By contrast, life expectancy has continued to increase and has come to nearly equal life expectancy in developed countries. Currently, most of the life expectancy lost due to injury (65%) in urban China would be recovered if injury rates were the same as in countries with low injury-related mortality. Fundamentally, the rising trend in urban injury mortality in China reflects a continued focus on injury treatment...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorZhao, Jiaying
dc.contributor.authorTu, Edward Jow-Ching
dc.contributor.authorMcMurray, Christine
dc.contributor.authorSleigh, Adrian
dc.date.accessioned2012-04-12T06:07:15Z
dc.date.available2012-04-12T06:07:15Z
dc.identifier.issn0042-9686
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/8988
dc.description.abstractIn urban China, mortality from injuries has increased over the past five decades. By contrast, life expectancy has continued to increase and has come to nearly equal life expectancy in developed countries. Currently, most of the life expectancy lost due to injury (65%) in urban China would be recovered if injury rates were the same as in countries with low injury-related mortality. Fundamentally, the rising trend in urban injury mortality in China reflects a continued focus on injury treatment rather than prevention in the face of fast socioeconomic development and increasing exposure to risk factors for injury. Despite improved injury prevention legislation and a 'Safe Community' campaign, urban China needs to modify its approach to urban injury management and focus on prevention. The gap between urban China and countries with low injury mortality can be closed by means of legislation, strengthened law enforcement and the establishment of safer communities. Risks affecting children and migrants deserve greater attention, and the government needs to allocate more resources to injury prevention to mid-western urban areas in particular. Based on the population size of urban China, measures for the prevention of injury mortality would save an annual 436.4 million years of life.
dc.publisherWorld Health Organization (WHO Press)
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dc.sourceBulletin of the World Health Organization
dc.subjectmortality
dc.subjectinjury
dc.subjecturban
dc.subjectpolicy
dc.subjectChina
dc.subjectdemographic
dc.titleRising mortality from injury in urban China: demographic burden, underlying causes and policy implications
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesThe appendicies are for an article which will be published in the Bulletin of the World Health organisation. Accepted version of paper, citation details and link to be added to record when available.
local.identifier.citationvolume90
dcterms.dateAccepted2011-12-14
dc.date.issued2012-04-12
local.identifier.absfor111799 - Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
local.identifier.ariespublicationu4226546xPUB33
local.publisher.urlhttp://www.who.int/bulletin/en/
local.type.statusAccepted Version
local.contributor.affiliationZhao, Jiaying, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationTu, Edward Jow-Ching, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
local.contributor.affiliationMcMurray, Christine, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationSleigh, Adrian, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.bibliographicCitation.issue6
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage461
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage467
local.identifier.doi10.2471/BLT.11.093849
local.identifier.absseo920409 - Injury Control
dc.date.updated2015-12-08T03:28:21Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-84863665469
local.identifier.thomsonID000305168900020
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