Burden of fall injuries in Pakistan - analysis of the national injury survey of Pakistan
Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal
There are no reliable estimates of the burden of fall-related injuries in Pakistan. To assess this burden and develop an epidemiologic profile for these injuries data from the National Injury Survey of Pakistan, a cross-sectional population-based survey on injuries, were analysed to determine incidence and relative risks for fall injury. The annual incidence of fall-related injuries was 8.85 per 1000 population per year (95% CI: 6.8-11.3). The mean and median age of individuals injured by falls was 19 years and 10.5 years respectively. Children under the age of 15 years were at a substantially higher risk of fall injuries. Being a student and farmer/labourer/vendor were associated with a higher risk for falls compared with unemployed. Fall-related injuries are a health burden in Pakistan, especially in children under 15 years of age. This represents a significant loss of healthy life and requires policies to curb this burden in the population.
Bachani, A., Ghaffar, A., & Hyder, A. (2011). Burden of fall injuries in Pakistan - analysis of the national injury survey of Pakistan. Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 17 (5). http://dx.doi.org/10.26719/2011.17.5.375