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Analysis of the Injury Incidences of the Elderly for Crisis Management of an Aging Society - Centered in Busan Metropolitan from 2001 to 2011 -

  • Crisisonomy
  • Abbr : KRCEM
  • 2013, 9(12), pp.179-198
  • Publisher : Crisis and Emergency Management: Theory and Praxis
  • Research Area : Social Science > Public Policy > Public Policy in general

조성일 1 Kim Byung Jo 2 이태식 3

1인제대학교
2동의대학교
3동의과학대학교

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study is to provide a basic data for strategies to prevent injuries for the elderly and its policy making by establishing the problems and analyzing the incidences and the actual conditions of the injuries of the elderly, all in order to prevent injuries and negligent accidents of the elderly which were on the rise as important social problems through the overall aging of the country’s population. Methods: In order to apprehend the current conditions of main injury incidences of the elderly, there was an analysis based on the five injury data of different organizations, including the annual report on the causes of death statistics, 119 rescue report of the fire department, traffic accident statistics of Busan metropolitan police agency, the annual report on unnatural deaths of Busan metropolitan police agency and medical records of 4 emergency medical centers. The injury mortality rate of the elderly of Busan Metropolitan is 152.3 persons per 100,000 people in the population, which is much higher in comparison with the other age groups. The main causes of injury deaths were suicide, traffic accidents and falls. The suicide mortality rate is on a decreasing trend after 2004(88.1 persons), and the main causes of suicide were found to be somatic disease, psychological disease and economical problems. The traffic fatality rate was 20.6 persons in 2011, and within it, the number of traffic accidents was higher while walking than while driving. Although the falls mortality rate is continuously decreasing, the morbidity is still high. The main places of injury incidences for the elderly are at home, on the road and in public places. As well, there is a higher rate of death(2.0%) and hospitalization(35.9%) in comparison to other age groups. Conclusion: The injury of the elderly may increase the socioeconomic burden because it brings about serious physical and social problems. Therefore the government and related organizations should put the prevention of the injury of the elderly at the highest concentration and try to provide and develop a multilateral safety promotion program that can produce actual results.

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