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Violent reinjury and mortality highlights the need for a comprehensive care approach to youth presenting for assault-related injury
  1. Emily F Rothman
  1. Department of Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  1. Correspondence to: Professor Emily F Rothman, Department of Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health, Crosstown Center, Floor 4, 801 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA 02118, USA; erothman{at}bu.edu

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Context

Violence is a leading cause of death for urban youth aged 14–24 years. Effective prevention of violence-related morbidity and mortality is contingent on identification of modifiable risk factors for victimisation. One known risk factor for youth violence victimisation is prior victimisation. However, the research on violence revictimisation to date has been primarily retrospective in nature, or had limited follow-up periods. This study makes a significant contribution to the youth violence evidence base because it followed a cohort of 599 injured youth for 24 months, had excellent retention rates and compared outcomes for assault-injured (AI) youth to non-AI youth in a sample of emergency medicine patients.

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This was a prospective cohort study of a sample of …

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