Trends in childhood trauma mortality in the fast economically developing State of Qatar

World J Pediatr. 2011 Feb;7(1):41-4. doi: 10.1007/s12519-010-0208-x. Epub 2010 Jun 12.


Background: the aim of this study was to explore the trends in injury mortality in children aged 0-18 years in the State of Qatar. No such study has been conducted previously in Qatar.

Methods: univariate statistical analysis was used in this retrospective descriptive study. A total of 2934 children aged 0-18 years who died due to injuries in the period of 1 January 1993 to 31 December 2007 were studied.

Results: the leading causes of death were road traffi c injuries (RTIs) (71.3%), drowning (9.3%) and accidental falls (6.0%). Injury death rates were higher in citizens (57.7%) than in non-citizens (42.3%). The children of 15-18 years old had the highest frequency of injury deaths (34.4%), followed by children of 10-14 years old (21.3%). The mortality rate of RTI per 100 000 population increased remarkably in the year 2005 compared to previous years.

Conclusions: the present study suggests that RTI is a major cause of childhood death. Injury mortality is higher in boys than in girls. During the period of 1993-2007, there was a dramatic increase in childhood mortality caused by RTI. This study highlights the burden of RTI caused mortalities in children, which requires immediate action.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Accidental Falls / mortality
  • Accidents, Traffic / mortality
  • Accidents, Traffic / trends
  • Adolescent
  • Age Distribution
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Drowning / mortality
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Qatar / epidemiology
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Risk Factors
  • Survival Rate / trends
  • Wounds and Injuries / epidemiology
  • Wounds and Injuries / mortality*
  • Wounds and Injuries / prevention & control