Trend of mortality rate and injury burden of transport accidents, suicides, and falls

Ki Sook Kim, Soon Duck Kim, Sang Hee Lee

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    Objectives: Recently injury has become a major world-wide health problem. But studies in Korea about injuries were very few. Thus, this study was conducted to analyze the trend of major injuries from 1991 to 2006 and to provide basic data for preventing injuries. Methods: This study was based on the National Statistical Office data from 1991 to 2006 and calculated to estimate the burden of major injuries by using the standard expected years of life lost (SEYLL) and total lost earnings equation. Results: For transport accidents, mortality, SEYLL and total lost earnings were increased from 1991 to 1996 and decreased from 2000 to 2006. On the other hand, for suicides, these were increased gradually. Since 2003, falls were included in ten leading causes of death. This study showed that injury causes major social and economical losses. Conclusions: We could reduce injury related premature death through active interest in injury prevention program.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)8-13
    Number of pages6
    JournalJournal of Preventive Medicine and Public Health
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jan


    • Accidental falls
    • Standard expected years of life lost
    • Suicide
    • Total lost earnings
    • Traffic accidents

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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