Clinical consequences of road traffic injuries among the elderly in Japan

Takashi Nagata, Hajime Uno, Melissa J. Perry

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Background. Road traffic injuries among the elderly have recently become a public health issue; therefore, we investigated the clinical characteristics of such injuries among the elderly in Japan. Methods. A retrospective study was performed using data from a medium-sized hospital emergency department. Data were extracted from medical records for one year, and patients were categorized into groups ages 18-64, 65-74 and 75+. Variables included demographic characteristics, injury circumstances, and nature of injury. Univariate and bivariate descriptive statistical analyses were performed, and multivariate logistic regression was used to evaluate injury severity and hospital admission by age groups. Results. A total of 1,656 patients were studied. Patients aged 65+ had more chest wall injury, intracranial injury, lower extremity fracture, and intrathoracic injury than patients aged 18-64. Conclusions. Injury circumstances and nature of injuries associated with traffic incidents showed different patterns by age groups, particularly among the elderly.

Original languageEnglish
Article number375
JournalBMC Public Health
Volume10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2010
Externally publishedYes

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Japan
Wounds and Injuries
Age Groups
Thoracic Injuries
Hospital Departments
Thoracic Wall
Medical Records
Hospital Emergency Service
Lower Extremity
Retrospective Studies
Public Health
Logistic Models
Demography

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Clinical consequences of road traffic injuries among the elderly in Japan. / Nagata, Takashi; Uno, Hajime; Perry, Melissa J.

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