Reports & Publications

Unintentional Fall-Related Injuries and Deaths Among Seniors in British Columbia: Trends, Patterns and Future Projections, 1987-2012


Fall-related injuries and deaths in older adults are a major public health problem in most contemporary western societies with aging populations (Carter, Kannus & Khan, 2001; Tinetti & Speechley, 1989). Approximately 30% of individuals over 65 years of age fall at least once a year (Campbell, Borrie, & Spears, 1989), and about half of these do so recurrently (Tinetti & Speechley, 1989). Given these statistics, and the changing age structure…

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Injury Surveillance Pilot Project: Evaluation Report


Injuries are costly to society and to the health care system. In 1993, the total economic burden to Canadians due to intentional and unintentional injury was 11.1 percent of the total costs of illness, or $14.3 billion (Health Canada, 1997). Only cardiovascular and musculoskeletal disease exceeded injury in total cost.

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Emergency Department Injury Surveillance Data Report


Preliminary data analysis for four hospitals of the South Fraser Health Region are currently participating in the Emergency Department Injury Surveillance System, partially funded by Health Canada and the Injury Surveillance Pilot Project. These four hospitals are Delta Hospital, Langley Memorial Hospital, Peace Arch Hospital and Surrey Memorial Hospital. The total number of cases submitted for the period April 1, 2001 to June 30, 2001 was 10,521.

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Sports & Recreation Injury Prevention Strategies: Systematic Review And Best Practices


View executive summary (PDF) » Canadian children and youth spend a considerable amount of time participating in sports and recreation activities. On average, children between the ages of 5 and 12 years spend 18 hours on physical activity every week, while those between 13 and 17 years-of-age average 15 hours (CFLRI, 1998). Soccer, swimming, hockey and baseball are the most popular sports among active Canadian children. The benefits of sport…

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A Best Practices Guide for the Prevention of Falls Among Seniors Living in the Community


A Best Practices Guide for the Prevention of Falls Among Seniors Living in the Community was prepared for the officials of the federal, provincial and territorial Ministers Responsible for Seniors in Response to the Ministers’ request for a review of fall prevention programs and practices and to provide the evidence for effective approaches for reducing injury among seniors as well as efficient means of delivering prevention programs. The Guide is…

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An Inventory of Canadian Programs for the Prevention of Falls & Fall-Related Injuries Among Seniors Living in the Community


The personal, economic and societal costs of falls among seniors in Canada is enormous, yet, up to now, relatively little has been done to address this serious health threat. This lack of action exists in the context that one third of seniors fall each year (O’Loughlin, 1993) and approximately half of these falls result in a minor injury, and up to 25 percent result in serious injury such as fractures or sprains (Alexander et al., 1992, Nevitt et al., 1991).

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Injury Prevention Program Evaluation Manual


This manual was created to make evaluation a user-friendly process. Many of the ideas and concepts are not original but compiled and adapted from existing sources (see Bibliography). The overall goal is to assist communities in British Columbia in evaluating their injury prevention programs. This manual will provide you with information about the evaluation process so that you will have a better understanding of what evaluation is all about. It…

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