Dangerous spaces: Using geographic information systems in injury research

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Publication Type Journal Article
School or College School of Medicine
Department Nursing; Surgery
Creator Edelman, Linda S.
Title Dangerous spaces: Using geographic information systems in injury research
Date 2007-08
Description PURPOSE: To provide an overview of geographic information systems (GIS) and to discuss current and future applications in injury and trauma research. DESIGN: Literature review and discourse of GIS technology related to injury and trauma research. METHOD: A search of scientific literature databases, text books, and online resources was undertaken to describe the current and prospective uses of GIS in injury and trauma research. RESULTS: Geographic information systems are computerized mapping systems that link information from different data sets spatially. The advantage of GIS is the capability to graphically display different attributes of an area in a way that is easily interpretable. Geographic information systems have been used to study injury rates, describe populations at risk for injury, examine access to trauma care, and develop and assess injury prevention programs. CONCLUSIONS: Geographic information systems are tools for injury researchers to analyze injury rates and risks and to describe their results with colorful maps and graphics that allow the public to see how injuries affect their communities.
Type Text
Publisher Blackwell Publishing
Volume 39
Issue 4
First Page 306
Last Page 311
Subject Community; Public Health; Technology; Internet; Risk Assessment; Wounds and Injuries
Subject MESH Epidemiologic Methods; Geographic Information Systems; Research Design; Topography, Medical
Language eng
Bibliographic Citation Edelman, L.S. (2007). Dangerous spaces: Using geographic information systems in injury research. J. Nursing Scholarship. 39(4):306-311
Rights Management (c) Blackwell Publishing
Format Medium application/pdf
Identifier ir-main,14862
ARK ark:/87278/s65435w9
Setname ir_uspace
Date Created 2012-06-13
Date Modified 2012-06-13
ID 704273
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s65435w9
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