Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Biomechanical epidemiology: a new approach to injury control research.

TitleBiomechanical epidemiology: a new approach to injury control research.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1996
AuthorsWinston FK, Schwarz DF, Baker SP
JournalJ Trauma
Date Published1996 May
KeywordsBiomechanics, Diffusion of Innovation, Epidemiology, Forecasting, Human Engineering, Humans, Models, Theoretical, Patient Care Team, Research Design, Trauma Centers, United States, Wounds and Injuries

Injury control studies, from inception and design to dissemination of results, tend to remain within individual discipline. This is largely because each of the disciplines has a unique language and approach to research. Collaborative research is often performed serially with one discipline presenting the results of that discipline's studies to another discipline. Epidemiologists and clinicians tell engineers to design a safety technology to prevent a specific injury. Engineers tell lawyers what is feasible to include in standards. As a result, epidemiological studies lack mechanical data needed by the engineers and engineering studies lack generalizability. The procedure for incorporating the best of multiple disciplines throughout the performance of injury control studies has not existed until recently and is presented conceptually in this manuscript. This new approach, Biomechanical Epidemiology, is an exciting enhancement to current injury control research.

Alternate JournalJ Trauma
PubMed ID8614087