The burden of road traffic injuries in developing countries: the 1st national injury survey of Pakistan

Public Health. 2004 Apr;118(3):211-7. doi: 10.1016/j.puhe.2003.05.003.


Objectives: To assess the burden of road traffic injuries in Pakistan-a developing country in South Asia.

Methods: A nationally representative household interview survey, to measure the burden of all injuries for all ages and in both genders using a three-month recall period.

Results: The overall incidence of injury events was 41 (CI: 39.2-43.8) per 1000 per year and for road traffic injuries 15 (CI: 13.7-16.5) per 1000 per year. The relative risk for road traffic injuries was found to be higher in males, those 16-45 years old, and those in the professional category of laborers and vendors.

Conclusions: This first national survey reflects the growing impact of injuries, especially road traffic injuries in Pakistan and portends a challenge for the national health system.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Traffic*
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Data Collection
  • Developing Countries*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pakistan / epidemiology
  • Public Health
  • Wounds and Injuries / epidemiology*