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Q In victims of violence who are on parole or probation, can a hospital based violence prevention intervention reduce hospital recidivism for violent injury and arrests for violent crimes?
randomised controlled trial.
unclear allocation concealment.
Follow up period:
median 1–2 years.
hospital trauma centre in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
100 patients ⩾18 years of age (median age <30 y, 96% men) who were admitted to hospital for an injury related to a violent assault for at least the second time and were on parole or probation in the criminal justice system.
56 patients were allocated to the Violence Intervention Programme (VIP), which involved meetings with a social or case worker at least every 2 weeks to devise …
For correspondence: Dr C Cooper, R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, Baltimore, MD, USA.
Source of funding: not stated.
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