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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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Incidence of Injuries in 2000

Incidence of Injuries in 2000

(p.3) Chapter 1 Incidence of Injuries in 2000
The Incidence and Economic Burden of Injuries in the United States

Eric A. Finkelstein

Phaedra S. Corso

Ted R. Miller

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the number of injury episodes in 2000, how serious the injuries were, and the mechanism and nature of the injuries. It counts the number of injury episodes, meaning that if someone suffered multiple injuries (e.g., a leg fracture and an arm fracture) in one event (e.g., a fall), he or she would be counted only once; but if someone suffered the same two injuries in separate events on two different dates, he or she would be counted twice. The estimates are gleaned from myriad data sources; as such, all limitations inherent to these data can be applied to the current analysis. These include issues associated with sample selection, data reliability, and precision.

Keywords:   injury, economic burden, medical costs, incidence of injuries

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