Causes of nonfatal injuries in the United States, 1986

Daniel M. Sosin, Jeffrey J. Sacks, Richard W. Sattin

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During the 1986 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), data on injuries resulting in a doctor visit or restricted activity for at least a half day were collected and assigned E-codes. Based on 603 injuries, the estimated number of nonfatal injuries for civilian, noninstitutionalized U.S. residents in 1986 was 60,212,000. The most frequent cause of injury was a fall (11,547,000), followed by motor vehicle traffic crashes (4,361,000) and adverse effects of drugs and biologies (3,363,000). While cause-specific detail was limited by small numbers of injuries in the sample, the NHIS can provide a valuable snapshot of the causes of nonfatal injuries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)685-687
Number of pages3
JournalAccident Analysis and Prevention
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1992
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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