Rate of Law Enforcement Associated Injuries Has Remained Stable Over Time

MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Elinore J. Kaufman, MD, MSHP

Department of Surgery, New York
Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell Medicine
New York, New York

MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?

Response: Deaths of civilians in contact with police have recently gained national public and policy attention. However, we know very little about nonfatal injuries, which far outnumber deaths.

MedicalResearch.com: What should readers take away from your report?

Response: Nonfatal injuries are much more pervasive than law enforcement-associated deaths, and rates have remained stable over several years, at approximately 51,000 emergency department visits and hospitalizations each year.

These injuries primarily affect young men, and mental illness is a common theme. As a physician, my goal is always to get to zero preventable injuries.

MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?

Response: There is a lot more to learn about the factors that can contribute to or mitigate these injuries.

Our study looks at broad, national trends, but the next step is to look locally to get more specific injuries about the people involved and the circumstances surrounding these injuries so that we can work to reduce them.

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Kaufman EJ, Karp DN, Delgado MK. US Emergency Department Encounters for Law Enforcement–Associated Injury, 2006-2012. JAMA Surg. Published online April 19, 2017. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2017.0574

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Last Updated on April 30, 2017 by Marie Benz MD FAAD