Injury prevention priority setting based on the National Injury Surveillance data in Korea

Juhee Hong, Eun Kyung Eo, Sang Do Shin, Tai Ho Im, Bo Eun Lee, Yoen Kyoung Lee, Young Taek Kim, Hyesook Park

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For the reduction of injury burden, injury prevention efforts are essential. However, financial, material and human resources are far from sufficient, and this situation necessitates setting priorities for effective injury prevention. Hence, the aim of this study is to prioritise 13 injury mechanisms for prevention of injury using four injury burden criteria. National death certificate, hospital discharge data and emergency data during 2004 were used. According to the 13 most frequent injury mechanisms (ICD-10), mortality priority score, years of potential life lost (YPLL) priority score, morbidity priority score and hospital charge priority score were calculated. Injury mechanisms which were ranked fourth or higher on at least three of the four criteria scores were arranged in rank orders. Traffic crashes ranked highest on all four of the priority criteria for injury prevention followed by fall and poisoning in second and third positions, respectively. Categorised by age groups, in 0-19 year olds, traffic crashes, suffocation and drowning; in 20-59 years, traffic crashes, suffocation and poisoning; and in 60 and over, traffic crashes and fall were shown to be significant injury prevention priority in rank orders. Injury prevention priorities identified from this study could be useful in strategically allocating limited resources and implementing more focused prevention policies in Korea.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)285-291
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2011

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Funding Information:
This study was carried out with the support of the Korea Center for Disease Control and Prevention (# 110-82-10456).


  • injury mechanism
  • injury prevention
  • priority
  • strategy


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