Is Sweden still a role model for safety? An overview of unintentional injury data over the past two decades
2010 (English)In: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF INJURY CONTROL AND SAFETY PROMOTION, ISSN 1745-7300, Vol. 17, no 3, 195-203 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This study investigates injury-related mortality and hospitalisations, during 1987-2007 in Sweden. Injuries were classified according to International Classification of Diseases (ICD) -8 for pre-1987 injuries, ICD-9 for 1987-1996 injuries and ICD-10 for injuries occurring in 1997 and later. Data on mortality from injuries during 1987-2007 were collected from Swedens national Cause-of-Death Register, while data concerning injury diagnoses leading to hospitalisation stays of at least 24h, occurring during 1987-2007, were obtained from the national Patient Register. Crude rates were derived for injury-related deaths and injury-related hospitalisations for age-gender groups, using population data from Statistics Sweden. Our results showed a mixed picture of injury-related hospitalisations and deaths over the study period. Absolute numbers of injury-related deaths and injury-related hospitalisations decreased over time for the population as a whole and for many, but not all, age-gender groups. When assessing crude injury-related death rates and crude injury-related hospitalisation rates over time, as categorised by gender and age groupings, we also found unchanging or increased risks for injury-related deaths and/or hospitalisations for several age-gender groups. While Sweden has made remarkable progress in reducing injury-related deaths and hospitalisations, there are clear differences in risk that remain.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor and Francis , 2010. Vol. 17, no 3, 195-203 p.
injury, injury control, injury prevention
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-58648DOI: 10.1080/17457301003728502ISI: 000280637600008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-58648DiVA: diva2:344885