The PAPM, diffusion theory, and violent death surveillance

Sabrina Walsh, Mark Dignan, Glyn Caldwell

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Objective: To Apply the PAPM and Diffusion Theory for building a statewide coroner investigation system to further violent death prevention efforts. Methods: By utilizing a theoretically based framework and systematically tracking stage progression, individual agencies and/or state systems can replicate and sustain the process. Results: Through the incorporation of the combined models, 82 of Kentucky's 120 coroner offices currently collect the same information - no replicate information existed 4 years ago. Conclusion: This study demonstrates the utility of theory as a foundation for encouraging adoption of innovation and shows an effective way to coordinate information in a timely manner with limited cost.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)451-461
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2007


  • Centralized reporting
  • Coroner
  • Diffusion theory
  • Investigative reporting
  • PAPM
  • Violent death reporting
  • Web-based system

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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