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The Incidence and Economic Burden of Injuries in the United States$
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Eric A. Finkelstein, Phaedra S. Corso, and Ted R. Miller

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195179484

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179484.001.0001

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Total Lifetime Costs of Injuries

Total Lifetime Costs of Injuries

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(p.124) Chapter 4 Total Lifetime Costs of Injuries
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The Incidence and Economic Burden of Injuries in the United States
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Eric A. Finkelstein

Phaedra S. Corso

Ted R. Miller

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179484.003.0004

This chapter quantifies the total lifetime costs of injuries that occurred in 2000, defined as the sum of medical spending and lost productivity due to morbidity and mortality. The magnitude of total costs is driven by several factors, including the initial incidence and severity of injury, the resultant period of physical impairment and disability, and, for fatal injuries, the number of life years lost. The contribution of each of these factors determines the allocation of total costs between medical spending and lost productivity. In addition to presenting total cost estimates stratified across many dimensions, this chapter demonstrates how the relative burden changes as the focus shifts between incidence, medical costs, lost productivity, and total costs.

Keywords:   injury, economic burden, medical costs, incidence of injuries, lifetime costs, medical spending, productivity loss

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