Research focus

Examining the effects of knife crime on health services

Three studies explore the prevalence of knife crime in London on children and young people

Three studies explore the prevalence of knife crime in London on children and young people

Learning points

  • Knife crime is a significant public health concern

  • An understanding of the risk factors for knife crime is essential to informing public health strategies

  • Alongside law enforcement, education and behaviour approaches should be considered, and action on the socio-economic determinants of violence

Temporal and geographical patterns of stab injuries in young people: a retrospective cohort study from a UK major trauma centre

The epidemiology of assaults resulting in stab injuries in young people is described in this study. A retrospective review of patients under 25 years at a major trauma centre in London between 2004 and 2014 was conducted, using demographic data and information on the time

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