Objectives: Few studies have investigated the impact of home safety promotion programmes on different social strata. The aim of this study was to investigate the distribution of effects of a community-based home safety programme on home injury rates among families with different connections to the labour market. Methods: A quasi-experimental design was used, with pre- and post-implementation registrations covering the total populations below 65 years of age in the programme implementation area (population 41,000) and in a neighbouring comparison municipality (population 26,000) in Östergötland County, Sweden. Results: In the intervention and comparison areas, households in which the adults were not vocationally active displayed the highest rates of home injury. After 6 years of programme activity, the home injury rates for males and females in all social status categories displayed a decreasing trend in the intervention area. The opposite was true for the comparison area, i.e. the incidence of injury increased, with the exception of females in non-vocationally active households. The decline in injury rates in the intervention area was statistically significant for males and females in the employed category and for males in the non-vocationally active category. Changes in injury rates in the comparison area were not statistically significant. Conclusion: The programme was partially successful in that it reduced the injury rate in non-vocationally active households, but it did not influence the injury rate in the employed households. The study design did not allow for conclusions regarding why the post-intervention injury rates remained higher in non-vocationally active households. Further research on the association between the incidence of home injury and socio-economic factors is warranted. © 2006 The Royal Institute of Public Health.
Lindqvist, K., & Dalal, K. (2012). The impact of child safety promotion on different social strata in a WHO Safe Community. Journal of Injury & Violence Research, 4(1), 20–25.