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Injury Research

Theories, Methods, and Approaches

  • Guohua Li
  • Susan P. Baker

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Injury Surveillance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Margaret Warner, Li-Hui Chen
      Pages 3-21
    3. Li-Hui Chen, Margaret Warner
      Pages 23-43
    4. R. Dawn Comstock
      Pages 45-60
    5. Jean A. Langlois Orman, Anbesaw W. Selassie, Christopher L. Perdue, David J. Thurman, Jess F. Kraus
      Pages 61-85
  3. Injury Causation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. Ling Li
      Pages 89-109
    3. Dennis F. Shanahan
      Pages 111-138
    4. Steven Wiker
      Pages 139-185
    5. Jonathan Howland, Damaris J. Rohsenow
      Pages 187-201
    6. Guohua Li, Susan P. Baker
      Pages 203-220
    7. Shannon Frattaroli
      Pages 221-233
    8. Shanthi Ameratunga, Jamie Hosking
      Pages 235-253
    9. Deborah C. Girasek
      Pages 255-266
  4. Injury Outcome

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 267-267
    2. Limor Aharonson-Daniel
      Pages 269-280
    3. Maria Seguí-Gómez, Francisco J. Lopez-Valdes
      Pages 281-295
    4. Craig Newgard
      Pages 297-315
    5. James F. Holmes
      Pages 317-336

About this book


Injury Research

Theories, Methods, and Approaches

Guohua Li and Susan Baker, editors


From the long-held popular belief, “accidents will happen,” it is now recognized that this needn’t be the case. More and more, injury is being seen as no accident, not only predictable, but preventable—and an important public health issue requiring rigorous study and multiple levels of intervention.


To this end, Injury Research: Theories, Methods, and Approaches assembles a team of multidisciplinary experts from around the globe. Early chapters provide a solid foundation for gathering injury data and monitoring trends. Research methods and injury-reduction approaches gleaned from public health,

medicine, engineering, behavioral science, and other areas demonstrate both the intricacies of causation and the potential for intervention. The result is an authoritative and comprehensive textbook relevant for anyone planning to enter a career in injury control and prevention.


Featured in the coverage:


·         Methodological and technical issues in injury surveillance

·         Concepts and methods for understanding causes of injury, from epidemiology to ergonomics to forensic pathology

·         Methods and theories in measuring injury severity and for improving survival and functional outcomes, from patient triage to clinical prognosis to economic valuation

·         Statistical methods and modeling techniques particularly well-suited for injury data analysis

·         Multidisciplinary perspectives on injury control and program evaluation  



Injury Research is a bedrock text for graduate students studying injury and violence epidemiology as part of a Master’s in Public Health program.  Graduate students in related fields including emergency medicine, biomechanical engineering, transportation safety, urban planning, risk assessment, and criminal justice will find this book an important reference as well.


“The first textbook that comprehensively presents the theories and methods of injury research — from the way ergonomics can reduce injuries to the effect of trauma-center systems on an injured person’s chances of survival.” – New York Times


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Editors and affiliations

  • Guohua Li
    • 1
  • Susan P. Baker
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of EpidemiologyColumbia University Mailman School of Public HealthNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Center for Injury Research and PolicyJohns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public HealthBaltimoreUSA

About the editors

Dr. Guohua Li is the Finster Professor of Epidemiology at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and College of Physicians & Surgeons. A medical epidemiologist, Dr. Li is interested in research methodology and injury-related, population-based and policy-oriented studies that encompass innovative epidemiologic designs, novel biostatistical techniques, and complex data systems. Dr. Li has published over 130 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and is well known for his studies of aviation crashes and the role of alcohol in injury causation and trauma outcomes. A Guggenheim Fellow and a Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology, Dr. Li is the recipient of the Kenneth Rothman Epidemiology Prize (1999) and the John Paul Stapp Award (2009).

Dr. Susan P. Baker is the Professor of Health Policy and Management and the founding director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is widely recognized as one of the founders of the scientific discipline of injury epidemiology and prevention and is credited for developing the Injury Severity Score, a simple and effective tool for measuring the severity of multiple trauma that has been used worldwide by clinicians and researchers. She has authored over 300 publications, including the influential text Injury Fact Book, 1st and 2nd editions. Prof. Baker has received numerous awards, including the Charles A. Dana Award for Pioneering Achievements in Health and Higher Education and the Excellence in Research Award of the American Public Health Association.

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From the book reviews:

“This is a multiauthored review of strategies for the investigation of injury and identification of treatment strategies. … Clinicians and basic scientists seeking to understand patterns of injury and potential treatment strategies are an appropriate audience for this book … . This is a worthwhile tool for committed investigators of this important public health problem.” (David J. Dries, Doody’s Book Reviews, February, 2015)

“Guohua Li … have brought together a team of global experts from public health, medicine, engineering, and behavioral and social sciences to write about the latest advances in theories and methods for understanding the causes, mechanisms, and outcomes of injury as well as the strategies to prevent injuries. … this is an essential reference book for anyone interested in violence prevention, emergency medical services, trauma care, risk assessment, crash investigation and litigation, and vehicle, occupational, recreational, and home safety.” (Medical Xpress, January, 2012)