Fall injuries in Baghdad from 2003 to 2014: Results of a randomised household cluster survey

Barclay T. Stewart, Riyadh Lafta, Sahar A Esa Al Shatari, Megan Cherewick, Abraham Flaxman, Amy Hagopian, Gilbert M Burnham, Adam L. Kushner

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Introduction Falls incur nearly 35 million disability-adjusted life-years annually; 75% of which occur in low- and middle-income countries. The epidemiology of civilian injuries during conflict is relatively unknown, yet important for planning prevention initiatives, health policy and humanitarian assistance. This study aimed to determine the death and disability and household consequences of fall injuries in post-invasion Baghdad. Methods A two-stage, cluster randomised, community-based household survey was performed in May of 2014 to determine the civilian burden of injury from 2003 to 2014 in Baghdad. In addition to questions about household member death, households were interviewed regarding injury specifics, healthcare required, disability, relatedness to conflict and resultant financial hardship. Results Nine hundred households totaling 5148 individuals were interviewed. There were 138 fall injuries (25% of all injuries reported); fall was the most common mechanism of civilian injury in Baghdad. The rate of serious fall injuries increased from 78 to 466 per 100,000 persons in 2003 and 2013, respectively. Fall was the most common mechanism among the injured elderly (i.e. ≥65 years; 15/24 elderly unintentional injuries; 63%). However, 46 fall injuries were children aged

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)244-249
Number of pages6
JournalInjury
Volume47
Issue number1
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StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

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Keywords

  • Aging
  • Community assessment
  • Conflict
  • Epidemiology
  • Fall
  • Global surgery
  • Iraq
  • War

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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Stewart, B. T., Lafta, R., Al Shatari, S. A. E., Cherewick, M., Flaxman, A., Hagopian, A., ... Kushner, A. L. (2016). Fall injuries in Baghdad from 2003 to 2014: Results of a randomised household cluster survey. Injury, 47(1), 244-249. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.injury.2015.11.006

Fall injuries in Baghdad from 2003 to 2014 : Results of a randomised household cluster survey. / Stewart, Barclay T.; Lafta, Riyadh; Al Shatari, Sahar A Esa; Cherewick, Megan; Flaxman, Abraham; Hagopian, Amy; Burnham, Gilbert M; Kushner, Adam L.

In: Injury, Vol. 47, No. 1, 01.01.2016, p. 244-249.

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Stewart, BT, Lafta, R, Al Shatari, SAE, Cherewick, M, Flaxman, A, Hagopian, A, Burnham, GM & Kushner, AL 2016, 'Fall injuries in Baghdad from 2003 to 2014: Results of a randomised household cluster survey', Injury, vol. 47, no. 1, pp. 244-249. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.injury.2015.11.006
Stewart BT, Lafta R, Al Shatari SAE, Cherewick M, Flaxman A, Hagopian A et al. Fall injuries in Baghdad from 2003 to 2014: Results of a randomised household cluster survey. Injury. 2016 Jan 1;47(1):244-249. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.injury.2015.11.006
Stewart, Barclay T. ; Lafta, Riyadh ; Al Shatari, Sahar A Esa ; Cherewick, Megan ; Flaxman, Abraham ; Hagopian, Amy ; Burnham, Gilbert M ; Kushner, Adam L. / Fall injuries in Baghdad from 2003 to 2014 : Results of a randomised household cluster survey. In: Injury. 2016 ; Vol. 47, No. 1. pp. 244-249.
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