• June 2008
  • Vol. 9, No. 5

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Prevention-Oriented Child Death Review

The Best Practices in Prevention-Oriented Child Death Review website was created by the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center as a tool to assist Child Death Review (CDR) team members and other public health professionals working to prevent child injury deaths. It is designed to help make prevention-oriented recommendations part of the local child fatality review process.

The site examines a broad range of interventions designed to prevent injury and death due to child abuse, drowning, suicide, firearms, and motor vehicle crashes—the top causes of injury death for children from birth to age 18 living in Washington State. For each injury mechanism, interventions of particular interest to public health-oriented CDR teams were identified. Interventions can be accessed through a searchable database, and each listing provides a description of the intervention, targeted risk and protective factors, key features, evaluations and outcomes, and a rating of "promising," "recommended," or "unproven." The ratings are established by a review of the strength and quality of published evidence supporting the efficacy of the interventions.

The Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center, located in Seattle, WA, is one of 10 injury-control centers supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the country.



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