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Dog bite management strategies should be evidence-based, not politically driven

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ACADEMICS and medical and veterinary professionals all need to work together to develop effective, scientifically sound management strategies for minimising the incidence of dog bites, according to Rachel Orritt, a PhD psychology student at the University of Lincoln. In an article published in The BMJ last month, Ms Orritt argues that risk management strategies should be evidence-based and not dependent on politically driven initiatives. She also argues that a holistic view, which takes account of the health benefits of dog ownership, is needed.

In a ‘Personal view’ published in the July 26, 2014 issue of The BMJ, Ms Orritt says that dog bites present ‘a public health risk of unknown magnitude’. Calling for more up to date and reliable estimates of dog bite incidents, and better reporting, she argues …

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