As Injury Prevention turns 20 we're taking a look back at some of the most influential papers we've published in our Anniversary Archives, starting with Fred Rivara et al's “Epidemiology of bicycle injuries and risk factors for serious injury”.
Using data from their seminal case–control study on bicycle helmet effectiveness, the study reported on crash circumstances, helmet use and injury outcomes to identify prevention opportunities. This study was part of a broader intellectual effort to engage rigorous epidemiological science in the gritty real-world work of injury prevention: identifying modifiable crash risk factors, measuring helmet effectiveness and putting this knowledge to work in a large controlled community campaign.
Here Brian Johnston talks to Fred Rivara, Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center, University of Washington, and commentators Beth Ebel, Department of Pediatrics, University of Washington, and Brent Hagel, Department of Paediatrics, University of Calgary.
Read the papers:
Epidemiology of bicycle injuries and risk factors for serious injury http://injuryprevention.bmj.com/content/21/1/47.full
Building the evidence base for safe and active bicycling: an historical commentary on Rivara et al: epidemiology of bicycle injuries and risk factors for serious injury