Injuries

Although the number of unintentional injuries has decreased by almost 50% since 1990, it still continues to be the leading cause of death for children and youth (1-19 years of age) in Canada. In 2008, there were over 630 deaths due to unintentional injury in this population; over half of these due to motor vehicle accidents. Children and youth experienced over 24,000 hospitalizations (2008/09), associated with unintentional injuries: almost 40% were due to falls. Many of these non-fatal injuries result in impairments and disabilities such as blindness, spinal cord and brain injuries Child and Youth Injury in Review, 2009, (Public Health Agency of Canada).

Among seniors, unintentional injuries are the 8th leading cause of deaths overall, and the 5th leading cause of hospitalizations. Within the unintentional injury category, falls are the leading cause of both injury deaths and hospitalizations for seniors Injury Prevention for Seniors, (Public Health Agency of Canada).

What you will find

These resources provide Canadian and international information to help you plan programs in order to prevent unintentional injuries among children and seniors in your community. For more information, please visit the Best Practices section for interventions related to injuries in children and injuries in senior adults.

Data

A first step to planning a program to prevent injuries is to understand the topic through surveillance data.

Aboriginal

Canadian Data

Children

Economic Data

Seniors

Provincial/Territorial Data

Alberta

Atlantic

British Columbia

New Brunswick

Ontario

Quebec

Saskatchewan

International Data

Australia

European Union

New Zealand

United Kingdom

United States

World Health Organization

Government Strategies (Frameworks, Action Plans, etc.)

Canadian Strategies

Aboriginal Strategies

Provincial/Territorial Strategies

Alberta

British Columbia

New Brunswick

Northwest Territories

Nova Scotia

Ontario

Quebec

International Strategies

Europe

France

New Zealand

United Kingdom

United States

World Health Organization

Guidance

Canadian Guidance

Aboriginal

Children

Seniors

Provincial/Territorial Guidance

Alberta

British Columbia

Manitoba

Ontario

Quebec

International Guidance

United Kingdom

United States

WHO/Pan American Health Organization

World Health Organization

Systematic Reviews of the Research

Selected reviews from HealthEvidence.org:

Children

Seniors

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