Reports & Publications

The Burden of Concussion Among Children & Youth in British Columbia (Update)


The purpose of this report is to provide details on the burden of concussion hospitalizations among children and youth in British Columbia (BC). This report is targeted to health care providers and community stakeholders in BC to be used to facilitate discussion of the need for standardized concussion prevention, diagnosis and management specific to children and youth.

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BCIRPU Annual Report 2015/2016


In the 2015-2016 operating period, BCIRPU continued its successful program of injury surveillance and research. Highlights during this operating period included the completion of the Injury Prevention Casebook – making the case for investment in injury prevention as part of the promotion and development of healthier individuals, families and communities in BC. Work included the production of a support slide presentation, infographic and promotional video for Health Authorities. BCIRPU also…

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CIHR End of Grant Report


A research program based on a public health approach, the CIHR Team in Child & Youth Injury Prevention enhanced child and youth injury prevention through partnership with researchers and stakeholders. The Team addressed child and youth injury by developmental stages (young children, school age children, adolescents) to target relevant causes of injury within these groups. We achieved an enhanced understanding of the burden of child and youth injury, investigated access…

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Concussion Among Children & Youth


The purpose of these reports is to provide details on the burden of concussion hospitalizations among children and youth in British Columbia’s Health Authorities. This report is targeted to health care providers and community stakeholders in the health authority to be used to facilitate discussion of the need for standardized concussion prevention, diagnosis and management specific to children and youth. Concussion Among Children & Youth: Fraser Health Authority Concussion Among…

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The Economic Burden of Injury in BC


Injuries from falls, car crashes, poisoning, suicide and other incidents cost British Columbia $3.7 billion in just one year – that’s over $400,000 an hour. The BC Injury Research & Prevention Unit has just released the Economic Burden of Injury in British Columbia report which breaks down the causes of injury, rates and costs within each BC health authority, showing where injury prevention efforts in each health authority could have…

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The BC Casebook for Injury Prevention


The BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit, in consultation and collaboration with Health Authorities, and with funding support from the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), is proud to announce the launch of the BC Casebook for Injury Prevention. This highly visual, online resource utilizes the latest evidence, novel data charts and infographics that make the case for injury prevention. For a quick overview watch the video: The Casebook conveys the…

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Education About Crying in Normal Infants Is Associated with a Reduction in Pediatric Emergency Room Visits for Crying Complaints


The primary aim of this study was to determine whether there was any change in visits of 0- to 5-month old infants to the medical emergency room (MER) of a metropolitan pediatric hospital after province-wide implementation of a public health prevention program that teaches new parents about the properties of early crying in normal infants. Free-text descriptions of Presenting Complaint and Final Diagnosis on electronic MER clinic visit files were…

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Concussion Awareness Training Tool (CATT) Evaluation Report


Concussions are a brain injury caused by a direct blow to the head or body resulting in a rotational movement of the brain within the skull. It is important to recognize that a concussion can occur with or without loss of consciousness and symptoms can be subtle, including headache, confusion, nausea or dizziness. You cannot always tell right away if someone has a concussion as symptoms may not appear for…

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Aboriginal Community-Level Predictors of Injury-Related Hospitalizations in British Columbia, Canada


Population-level statistics indicating disparities in injury rates between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal populations disguise considerable community-level heterogeneity. Using an ecological approach, we analyzed linked data from British Columbia’s (BC) universal health care insurance plan, worker compensation, vital statistics, and census databases to identify community-level risk markers for hospitalization due to injury among the Aboriginal population of BC, Canada. Link to journal article »

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Injury Hospitalizations Due to Unintentional Falls among the Aboriginal Population of British Columbia, Canada: Incidence, Changes over Time, and Ecological Analysis of Risk Markers, 1991-2010


Aboriginal people in British Columbia (BC) have higher injury incidence than the general population. Our project describes variability among injury categories, time periods, and geographic, demographic and socioeconomic groups. This report focuses on unintentional falls. Link to journal article »

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