Databook on Nonfatal Injury: Incidence, Costs, and Consequences by Ted R. Miller, Nancy M. Pindus, John B. Douglass, Shelli B. Rossman
Injury may be the most preventable major health care problem in the United States. It is also extremely costly, with one in eight hospital discharges and days of care relating to injury. Yet, published data on injury frequency, costs, and consequences are limited. This book is a reference volume with a correction factor for inflation updates and should, therefore, be useful for many years. The book examines selected costs of injury by body region, by body part, and by nature of injury (e.g., fracture, laceration). It estimates long-term consequences and addresses the costs of occupational injuries, consumer product injuries, intentional interpersonal injuries, motor vehicle crash injuries, and suicide. This information is for hospitals, lawyers and expert witnesses, insurers, doctors, program planners and evaluators, saftey advocates, and injured people themselves. The health care reform debate has highlighted the importance of data in monitoring and shaping national health policy. The costs and level of detail reported here should also help inform health policy discussions.