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May 5, 2004

Aggressive Behaviors and Injuries Among Nursing Home Residents—Reply

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Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2004;291(17):2074. doi:10.1001/jama.291.17.2075-a

In Reply: In response to Drs Herbert and Bradshaw, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health received more than 1000 reports of physically injured residents during the sampling time frame from which we chose cases. Many were reported as accidents, while the etiology of others was reported as unknown. Because we wanted to focus on aggressive behavior and its physical sequela, we choose "violence" rather than "injury" in the title and throughout the article.

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