Burden of fatal and nonfatal injury in Hong Kong: abridged secondary publication
CB Chow1, P Ip1, SM McGhee2, SHM Tsui3, CW Kam4, HFP Ho5, EWY Chan6, HSW Wong1, IWS Chiu1
1Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong
2Department of Community Medicine, The University of Hong Kong
3Accident & Emergency Department, Queen Mary Hospital
4Clinical Skills Training Centre, New Territories (West Cluster)
5Department of Accident & Emergency, Queen Elizabeth Hospital
6Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacy, The University of Hong Kong
1. This study aimed to quantify injury burden in Hong Kong in terms of disability weights and disability-adjusted life-years (DALYs).
2. Disability weights in Hong Kong were lower than those in foreign countries, especially those of lifelong effects.
3. Between 2001 and 2012 in Hong Kong, a mean of 85 151 DALYs were lost due to injury annually, equivalent to 1192 DALYs per 100 000 population.
4. The study design could only capture injury mortality and injury-related inpatient cases. Owing to a lack of routine injury data at accident and emergency departments, the injury burden may be underestimated.
5. Healthcare professionals and policymakers can reference the results of this study to make informed decisions on local and territory-wide injury prevention strategies.