An integrated surveillance system of road traffic injuries in the Lazio Region of Italy: Results of a 5-year study (2001-2005)

Francesco Chini, Sara Farchi, Paolo Giorgi Rossi, Laura Camilloni, Piero Borgia

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Abstract

Road traffic injuries represent a relevant public-health problem. In the Lazio region of Italy, a surveillance system was activated. The aim of this work is to describe the surveillance system and report the health information in terms of temporal trends for the 5-year period 2001-2005. We identified all emergency department (ED) visits in the emergency database and then linked them with hospital discharges and mortality registry. From the integrated database, we calculated the rates of emergency room visits, of hospital admissions, and of mortality, reporting the temporal trends. Between 2001 and 2005 the rate of ED visits was 3151 per 100,000 inhabitants. Hospitalisation rates showed a significant decreasing trend. The surveillance identified 22% more deaths in the study period than reported by the official statistics. The surveillance revealed a decreasing trend for hospital admissions and a decline in deaths in 2003 concurrent to the introduction of the driver's licence point system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-194
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion
Volume17
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2010

Keywords

  • Integrate surveillance
  • Road traffic injuries
  • Temporal trends

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Safety Research

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