Title

The burden of road traffic injuries in developing countries: The 1st national injury survey of Pakistan

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

4-1-2004

Journal

Public Health

Volume

118

Issue

3

DOI

10.1016/j.puhe.2003.05.003

Keywords

Burden of injuries; Injuries; Pakistan; Road traffic injuries

Abstract

Objectives: To assess the burden of road traffic injuries in Pakistan-a developing country in South Asia. Methods: A nationally representative household interview survey, to measure the burden of all injuries for all ages and in both genders using a three-month recall period. Results: The overall incidence of injury events was 41 (CI: 39.2-43.8) per 1000 per year and for road traffic injuries 15 (CI: 13.7-16.5) per 1000 per year. The relative risk for road traffic injuries was found to be higher in males, those 16-45 years old, and those in the professional category of laborers and vendors. Conclusions: This first national survey reflects the growing impact of injuries, especially road traffic injuries in Pakistan and portends a challenge for the national health system. © 2003 The Royal Institute of Public Health. All rights reserved.

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